Residents in parts of Prince George’s County may be without electricity after Wednesday’s snow and ice storm, but at least their water is safe to drink now.
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) lifted the precautionary boil water alert at 8:45 a.m. Thursday.
The boil water notice was issued Monday after a 54-inch water main burst in Capitol Heights, Md. Water officials said tests Tuesday and Wednesday came back negative. That means the water has no signs of any harmful bacteria, so boiling it before drinking it is no longer necessary.
“This was certainly an inconvenience for our customers and we appreciate their patience," said Jerry N. Johnson, WSSC General Manager. "However it is paramount that we provide safe, clean water at all times.”
The agency recommends running the all cold water taps for five minutes to clear any “old” water from the pipes. You should also flush your refrigerator’s water lines and toss out any ice made since Monday.
If you still experience problems after performing the above procedures, or if you have any questions, you can visit WSSC’s website or contact the Customer Emergency Call Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (301) 206-4002, (800) 828-6439 or TTY (301) 206-8345.
Crews continue to make repairs to the ruptured water main.
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