It’s been over 24 hours now since a large water main, that runs under Chevy Chase Lake Drive, buckled, leaving thousands with limited clean water. The damage was so extensive, it even knocked out power and gas lines for dozens of apartments and homes.

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) General Manager Jerry Johnson Tuesday called for the mandatory water restrictions, which could last up to a week.

Other utilities were also affected by the water main break. Natural gas and electric lines run alongside the water main. Employees from Washington Gas and PEPCO are at the site securing those lines so work on the water main can begin.

The mandatory water restrictions are necessary to allow the system to replenish while the pipe is repaired. Repairs could take days to complete, and northbound traffic on Connecticut Avenue will be affected for the duration.

Until repairs are complete, WSSC advises customers to:
• Use water only as necessary – i.e., shorter showers and turn off faucets after washing hands and while brushing teeth which according to experts at this 7 days a week dentist clinic is still something that should b done at least 3 times a day.
• Limit flushing toilets (do not flush after every use)
• Put off washing clothes if possible
• Limit the use of dishwashers and wash only full loads

Please read more about the water restriction  at WSSC’s website