July 6, 2010

Montgomery County water ban lifted

Water restrictions that were extended amid a blistering heat wave have been lifted for 1.8 million customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission announced Tuesday morning.

“I want to thank our customers who were unavoidably inconvenienced by these water restrictions,” WSSC's general manager, Jerry N. Johnson, said in a statement.

Customers were directed to cut their water use by 30 percent Thursday when a corroded 96-inch water main in Potomac was shut off. The restrictions were expected to be lifted Monday, but they were extended after bacteria were detected in water samples. Tests confirmed the safety of the water Tuesday morning and the pipe was put back into service, WSSC officials said. Johnson said the water limits, imposed as temperatures soared to dangerous highs, were necessary to ensure the safety of the water and to maintain adequate pressure for fighting fires.

“We needed to be proactive to prevent what could have been a very serious situation,” he said. “I know it was a major inconvenience, especially on a holiday weekend.”

Work to restore the site of the pipe replacement will continue for several days, officials said. SOURCE: Washington Post

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