Boil Water Advisory Lifted For 100,000 People in Prince George’s County
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UPDATED: Sept. 5, 2014 5:51 a.m.
HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WNEW/AP) — A boil water advisory has been lifted for about 100,000 residents in Prince George’s County.
A broken 24-inch water main on Tanglewood Drive in Hyattsville was the cause of the advisory, according to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. The commission says the advisory was precautionary, and affected residents in: Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Mount Rainier, Cheverly, Chillum, Edmonston, Landover Hills, Glen Arden, Fairmount Heights, Seat Pleasant and Brentwood.
Those under the advisory were urged to bring water to a rolling boil for one minute before drinking it, making ice, washing dishes by hand, brushing teeth or preparing food.
The water-boil advisory was issued Tuesday evening after a 59-year-old water main broke.
An interactive map on the commission’s website lets customers pinpoint whether they are included in the advisory.
Commission spokeswoman Lyn Riggins says when a water system loses pressure, there’s an increased risk of contamination. But she said Wednesday that there’s been no evidence of contamination so far since the break.
The advisory will remain in effect until Thursday or Friday.
Several Prince George’s County Public Schools also are affected by the advisory. School officials say students and teachers at the impacted schools are receiving bottled water, and cafeterias are boiling water for use of washing and cleaning.
Officials say parents will be notified of any changes to bus stops and routes, particularly around the Tanglewood Drive area where WSSC is conducting the water main repair.
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