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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 07/11/2010

Rockville lifts water restrictions

By Washington Post Editors

The City of Rockville has lifted mandatory water restrictions that have been in place since a water main break Wednesday, according to a press release from the city.

The restrictions were expected to end Saturday, but were extended after crews found another leak in the main line.

"City crews worked around the clock to fix this second leak and restore service as quickly as possible," said Craig Simoneau, Department of Public Works director. "We can't thank residents enough for their conservation efforts and patience during these past few days."

The restrictions included limits on lawn watering, toilet flushing and car washing.

The broken 24-inch main was repaired Friday, and crews had been flushing and testing the system when the new leak was discovered. The city water system serves 13,445 homes.

The pipe serves as the only water main connecting the city's water treatment plant and the distribution system. Rockville has been receiving supplemental water from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC).

No Rockville water customers lost water service during the break or repair work, city spokeswoman Shannon Loomis wrote in an email.

--Justin Jouvenal and Michael Ruane

By Washington Post Editors  | July 11, 2010; 12:54 PM ET
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