Water Emergency Averted

But Mandatory Water Restrictions Must Continue

The water emergency in southern Prince George’s County has been averted. Late last night, dedicated WSSC workers “unfroze” and closed a key valve near the failing pipe.  This greatly reduced the amount of pipeline that had to be shut down to make repairs to the failing 54-inch Forestville pipe.  This means if customers continue to conserve, WSSC will be able to repair the failing pipe with no disruption in service.

“If we continue to conserve, I am confident the system will remain full while we complete repairs,” said Jerry N. Johnson, WSSC General Manager/CEO. “I want to thank our customers who have done a terrific job of conserving, Prince George’s County officials for their efforts, and to thank our employees who wouldn’t give up on a troublesome valve.”

Earlier efforts to close this valve failed, forcing WSSC to move to another valve much farther away, creating the potential for a large water outage in portions Prince George’s County. The hard work of our crews headed off the emergency.
After the valve was closed successfully, we proceeded to isolate the pipe and began repairs this morning.  We anticipate the pipe will be back in service in two or three days if nothing unexpected happens – with no disruption in service to customers.

WSSC appreciates the patience of its customers and the assistance of Prince George’s County officials during this difficult period.

Reception Centers 
Reception Center are designed to provide residents with a place where they can take showers, clean-up, get water and cool off. Reception Centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. starting on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Bottled water will be available at the reception centers.
Stephen Decatur Middle School
8200 Pinewood Drive
Clinton, MD 20735
Friendly High School
10000 Allentown Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744


Shelters are designed for residents who have been displaced and require overnight accommodations. Shelter locations have been identified and will be opened as needed. The first shelter to open will be at:
Wise High School
12650 Brooke Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

For those who are trying to reach Emergency Services #311, the first recording is that those who are impacted by the water restrictions in southern Prince George’s County as WSSC customer can hit Option #4.

There is a limit of 2 gallons per person.

Hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8 am to 9 p.m. on the following days until the outage is over.

  • Hillcrest Heights Elementary
    4305 22nd Place
    Hillcrest Heights, Md. 20748
  • Thurgood Marshall Middle School
    4909 Brinkley Rd.
    Temple Hills, Md. 20748
  • Oxon Hill Elementary School
    7701 Livingston Rd.
    Oxon Hill, Md. 20745
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