Pr. George's water caution thru Thurs.
Residents and businesses in part of Prince George’s County should boil their drinking water until at least Thursday as a precaution following Monday’s major water main break near the Capital Beltway, a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission official said.
Testing on water samples will begin today, said WSSC spokesman John C. White. Two samples taken at least 18 hours apart must come back clean before the advisory will be lifted, he said. It takes 18 hours for each test to show results, he said.
The boil-water advisory affects 400,000 WSSC customers in parts of Prince George’s south of Central Avenue (Route 214) and Landover Road (Route 202).
Officials said the advisory is a precaution because water is more easily contaminated when the system loses pressure. Water for drinking, ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and cooled, WSSC officials said. The order also applies to water used by pets.
All water service was restored Monday afternoon after WSSC officials diverted water to other pipes, White said. Because of that, he said, the speed of the pipe repairs will not affect water service.
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