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Posted at 1:51 PM ET, 07/10/2010

Rockville water restrictions extended

By Washington Post Editors

Updated, 4:47 p.m.:

Rockville extended water use restrictions into Sunday after repair crews found another leak in a water main that burst July 7, a spokeswoman for the city said Saturday.

The restrictions, in the wake of a July 7 water main break, were expected to end Saturday, but spokeswoman Shannon Loomis said they would now remain in place through noon Sunday while crews assess the situation.

The restrictions include 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, Loomis said in an email.The city's three water tanks are operating at normal capacity, she said.

Original post:

A spokeswoman for the City of Rockville said Saturday that water use restrictions there, in place following a July 7 main break, have not yet been lifted, but could be later Saturday.

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

The 24-inch main was repaired Friday, but crews had been flushing and testing the system. "They're still out there making sure the system is fully pressurized," the spokeswoman, Shannon Loomis, said.The city water system serves 13,445 homes.

--Michael Ruane

By Washington Post Editors  | July 10, 2010; 1:51 PM ET
 
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