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Posted at 8:03 AM ET, 07/ 6/2010

Water restrictions lifted in Md. counties

By Mike McPhate

Water restrictions that were extended amid a blistering heat wave have been lifted for 1.8 million customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission announced Tuesday morning.

“I want to thank our customers who were unavoidably inconvenienced by these water restrictions,” WSSC's general manager, Jerry N. Johnson, said in a statement.

Customers were directed to cut their water use by 30 percent Thursday when a corroded 96-inch water main in Potomac was shut off. The restrictions were expected to be lifted Monday, but they were extended after bacteria were detected in water samples.

Tests confirmed the safety of the water Tuesday morning and the pipe was put back into service, WSSC officials said.

Johnson said the water limits, imposed as temperatures soared to dangerous highs, were necessary to ensure the safety of the water and to maintain adequate pressure for fighting fires.

“We needed to be proactive to prevent what could have been a very serious situation,” he said.

“I know it was a major inconvenience, especially on a holiday weekend.”

Work to restore the site of the pipe replacement will continue for several days, officials said.

Earlier: Water restrictions to continue

-- Mike McPhate

By Mike McPhate  | July 6, 2010; 8:03 AM ET
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Water restrictions have been lifted? The third paragraph, "In addition, WSSC continued the restrictions through Tuesday to make certain that the water meets state water quality standards and ensure the health and safety of our customers" tells me the restrictions will be in place until Wednesday. Is there an editor in the house?

Posted by: RandyShaffer | July 6, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Good job WSSC! Repairing an 8' water main under a blistering sun is hard to imagine. Thanks for your hard work.

Posted by: PostID2 | July 6, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

What I would like to know is, will there be a 30% reduction in the customer’s bill???

Posted by: askgees | July 6, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

askgees: If you reduced usage by 30%, your bill will be reduced by 30% (compared to what it would have been).

Posted by: dmm1 | July 6, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

askgees: If you reduced usage by 30%, your bill will be reduced by 30% (compared to what it would have been).

Posted by: dmm1 | July 6, 2010 2:02 PM
Actually, depending on what his or her normal usage is, it may be a little more or less than 30%. WSSC charges higher rates above a certain amount of water used.

Posted by: luridone | July 6, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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