CHEVY CHASE, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Repairs are being made to a water main that broke along Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase and resulted in water use restrictions.
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said that crews will remove a 20-foot section of the pipe and replace it with a new section Wednesday. Once repairs to the pipe are complete it will take several days for the work in the area to conclude, the WSSC said.
The 60-inch break, which occurred in the 8400 block of Connecticut Avenue near Chevy Chase Lake Drive in Chevy Chase at about 8 p.m. Monday, shot water as high as 30 feet into the air and completely closed the roadway for hours.
As of Wednesday, one left northbound lane and all three southbound lanes of Connecticut Avenue are open between Dunlop Street and Manor Road.
Plans to reopen the road by 6 a.m. Tuesday were dampened after a tree fell and downed power lines in the area. The enormous force of the break created a massive hole, washed out portions of the road, and brought down traffic lights.
WSSC officials believe the break was caused by an aging infrastructure. They say the affected water main went into use in 1980.
Mandatory water restrictions are now in place in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and the restrictions could last up to a week.
“Please don’t hoard water,” WSSC General Manager Jerry Johnson said. “We’re not running out. But if everyone can cut their water use by 10 percent we should be okay.”
Officials say business and residential customers should only use water as necessary. That means residents should take shorter showers, limit flushing toilets, put off washing clothing if possible and limit the use of dishwashers.
A fine of up to $500 can be levied against customers who fail to abide by the restrictions.
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