Water restrictions to continue into Tuesday
Officials with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said repairs to a damaged water main in Potomac were completed Monday, but restrictions on water use will continue Tuesday.
Nearly 1.8 million residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have been under water restrictions since Thursday, when the massive water main was shut off. Officials feared that the pipe could burst after internal warning systems alerted them to significant corrosion.
The 8-foot-wide pipe, the largest in WSSC pipeline, was installed in 1969 and was last inspected three years ago. It’s a part of six-mile-long underground waterway that feeds to customers in both counties.
WSSC has been working around the clock since Thursday to replace the damaged pipe located near the intersection of Tuckerman Lane and Gainsborough Road, a residential area off Interstate 270. The damaged pipe had to be drained and then removed from its perch several yards below the ground. Workers were able to have it out by overnight Saturday and had hoisted the replacement into place by later that afternoon.
Officials wanted the average daily water consumption, which is typically between 200 and 220 gallons, to drop by 30 percent during the restrictions. Although the decreases continued steadily since Thursday, consumption had fallen by 12 percent on Monday, or less than half of WSSC’s goal.
Police enforcing the restriction note that many of the customers found in violation claim they didn’t know of the restrictions. Also, some business owners thought that they weren’t subject to the restrictions.
-- By Rick Rojas
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