Saturday, March 23, 2013
Water restrictions necessitated by a massive water main break in Chevy Chase on Monday, March 18, were lifted at about 6 p.m. Saturday.
Mandatory water restrictions necessitated by a massive water main break in Chevy Chase Monday were lifted at around 6 p.m. on Saturday, according to a Montgomery County email alert. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission lifted the water restrictions—which asked residents of Montgomery and Prince George's counties to reduce water consumption by 10 percent—following the completion of repair work to the broken 60-inch-in-diameter main. The restrictions were in place for four and a half days. The ruptured main is back in service, "but restoration of the area, including roadway, sidewalk, removal of damaged trees and work on the stream bed near the break, will take weeks," the alert reported. The additional work will require the right-…
Friday, March 22, 2013
WSSC hopes to have the repaired line back in service by the end of the weekend.
Repairs to the 60-inch-in-diameter water main that burst Monday night on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase are nearly complete. The water main break has lead to water restrictions in Prince George's County for nearly a week. A new pipe section was put in place Thursday, and the grout in the pipe joints cured overnight. Early Friday morning, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission crews "slowly opened a valve to begin filling the isolated stretch of pipe," according to a statement on the WSSC website. On Friday, WSSC crews were slated to "[flush] the repaired line during the day, which is part of the standard decontamination process to ensure water quality, before putting the transmission main back into service," the statement said. The …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Water restrictions are in place in Montgomery and Prince George's counties until repairs to the Chevy Chase Lake water main are complete, which could take several days.
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission crews on Wednesday continued to repair the 60-inch water main on Connecticut Avenue near Chevy Chase Lake Drive that burst at around 8 p.m. on Monday, sending about 60 million gallons of water gushing 100 feet into the air. Wednesday's work involved removing a 20-foot section of the pipe and replacing it with a new section. After that, it will take several more days to complete the work, according to a WSSC news statement. Northbound traffic on Connecticut Avenue still was reduced to just one lane between Chevy Chase Lake Drive and Manor Road on Wednesay. Mandatory water restrictions continued for Montgomery and Prince George's counties on Wednesday to ensure adequate water reserves for fire …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
WSSC crews determined that the pipe that broke was a 60-inch water transmission pipe connected to a 54-inch line—not a 54-inch pipe, as originally reported.
Update, 1 p.m., Thursday, March 21: Repairs to the 60-inch water main that burst Monday night in Chevy Chase continued on Thursday. Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission crews removed the damaged 20-foot section of the pipe and are working to weld a new section in place, according to a WSSC statement issued at noon Thursday. "Once repairs to the pipe are complete later this afternoon it will take several more days for the work to conclude," the statement read. Only the right-hand northbound lane of Connecticut Avenue between Dunlop Street and Manor Road in Chevy Chase Lake remained closed Thursday. Mandatory water restrictions continued Thursday for Montgomery and Prince George's counties. "There is evidence that [water] consumption is …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The pricey project is federally mandated, reported the Gazette.
Thanks to a federally mandated project, the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission (WSSC) will be undertaking a massive pipe replacement and rehabilitation project with a $1 billion price tag, according to the Gazette. The majority of the pipe repair will involved adding a lining to existing pipes, extending the life of the pipes by another 50 to 100 years, said WSSC spokesperson Mark Behe. The Gazette reported that around 5,000 pipes and manholes and 24 sewage basins need repairs. About 1.8 million customers in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties are served by WSSC. The exact schedule of of the repairs has not been reported. Read the full story on the Gazette.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
WSSC is almost fully back in business but urges residents to be conscious of water use.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has lifted mandatory water restrictions for Montgomery and Prince George's counties, effective immediately. Power was restored to almost all pumping stations and the distribution system has returned to near normal levels following Friday night's powerful storm, according to the WSSC. "Resume water usage as normal," WSSC said, but officials encouraged customers to be conscious of water usage during the extremely hot weather. If you did not experience low pressure and/or discolored water during the restrictions, there is no need to flush the water lines at your home or business. If you did experience low pressure and/or discolored water WSSC recommends: Questions? Contact the Customer …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Two water plants lost power in punishing storms, forcing water restrictions in 100-degree temperatures.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Updated at 5:45 p.m.: Saturday's mandatory water restriction remains in affect for all Montgomery and Prince George’s County customers, residential and commercial. Friday night's severe storms knocked out power to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) two water filtration plants and other facilities. Crews from BG&E and PEPCO were working to restore power, the utility said. As of 12 p.m. Saturday WSSC reported that partial power had been restored at the water filtration plants. Some pumping stations remain without power, making it difficult to move water through the distribution system. The water restrictions were mandatory to preserve firefighting capabilities and to make the water supply last while repairs were under way, …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Heavy flooding affected traffic Saturday evening.
A water main break Saturday evening shortly before 6 p.m. flooded portions of Adelphi Court, Chatham Road and Cool Spring Road, just northwest of the University of Maryland. Firefighters responded as Patch was on the scene and notified the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission of the break. There were no road closures, but the water flow was affecting traffic. More information wasn't immediately available from the Prince George's County Fire Department or WSSC.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Seven establishments in downtown Hyattsville without water for hours as crews respond to water main break near EYA development.
An 87-year-old water main line burst in downtown Hyattsville yesterday afternoon, cutting water service to seven businesses in the EYA development north of Jefferson Street. "We never really know what exactly causes a failure," said Lyn Riggins, spokesperson for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. "I can tell you this pipe dates back to 1925…I can't say for sure that aging infrastructure is the cause, but it's an 87-year-old pipe." Repairs shut down the two northbound lanes of Baltimore Avenue for hours last night, forcing traffic to a single lane in each direction beginning in the early evening around rush hour. Problems with the line were first reported in the early afternoon, and by 1:30 p.m. crews from Washington Suburban …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Grease in drains causes more than 40 percent of all sewer outflows, according to the Washington Surburban Sanitary Commission.
This Thanksgiving you might be eating plenty of foods to clog your arteries, but the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is warning to keep the turkey grease out of the drain or it too will clog. Hot grease may pour down the drain easily, but when it cools it accumulates on the sidewalls of the sewer pipes. Over time backed-up sewer lines result in overflowing manholes and costly basement backups. Sanitary Sewer Overflows can discharge to storm drains and creeks causing potential health and environmental harzards, according to the WSSC. Instead the WSSC suggests pouring grease, fats and other oils into a can and throwing the can in the trash. They even offer free can caps. Log on to www.wsscwater.com for more information about the Can …