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Posted at 1:06 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Pr. George's water caution thru Thurs.

By Katherine Shaver

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.

By Katherine Shaver  | January 25, 2011; 1:06 PM ET
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WSSC is a PONZI SCHEME that depends on more and more new customers to pay for the old customers who don't pay their way, as it is, and have no clue as to when the sewage pipes are going to start breaking up the way water pipes break ... lucky for them sewage is hot and doesn't freeze as easily as water ... just wait till a 60 inch sewage main breaks ... that is when we will all learn that there is no dividing line between water pollution, land pollution and air pollution.

Posted by: polecatx1 | January 25, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

With its endemic corruption and DNA-based crime, Prince George's County might as well get used to its looming Third World status.

Posted by: kinkysr | January 25, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The first two posters are right on the mark. I love PG - been here since 1972 and seen the mess the corrupt pols have made of this county. Darn shame for a place that has so much to offer in beauty and great people. This is what comes when one political party owns the place. (The water pipes on my street have broken about three times in the last year or so.)

Posted by: rraustin1 | January 25, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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