Prince George's water advisory lifted
The boil-water advisory in effect since Monday for a large part of Prince George’s County has been lifted as of 8:45 a.m. Thursday following a second test showing the water is safe to drink, said officials from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.
However, as a precaution, customers should run all cold water taps for five minutes before drinking the water, WSSC said. People with a single faucet should let it run on cold water. WSSC officials suggested starting with the highest faucet in a home or business and then opening other faucets one at a time, moving from the highest floor to the lowest. After five minutes, faucets should be turned off in reverse order, from lowest to highest. Refrigerator lines also should be flushed.
Any ice made since 1:30 pm. Monday shold be thrown away, along with the next three batches of ice produced today, WSSC said. Ice maker containers should be wiped clean with a solution of two tablespoons bleach to one gallon of water.
The boil water advisory affected about 400,000 people in an area south of Central Avenue and Landover Road following a major pipe break in Capitol Heights on Monday morning. The advisory was a precaution, WSSC officials said, because contaminants can seep into the system more easily when pressure drops due to a major break.
Tests of water samples taken Tuesday and Wednesday showed no contamination, WSSC officials said.
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