WSSC Lifts Storm-Related Water Restrictions

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission lifted weather-related water restrictions late Monday evening.

WSSC issued mandatory water restrictions for Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland because of Sunday's wild storm that knocked out power to their main plant in Potomac.

The storm caused the Potomac Water Filtration Plant on River Road to lose electrical power. Pepco restored power to the plant at about 5 a.m. Monday, and by early afternoon the plant was at full production, but restrictions remained until the system was replenished to an acceptable level. In the meantime, WSSC asked customers to reduce usage to a bare minimum by stopping outside use, limiting flushing of toilets, and limiting use of washing machines and dishwashers.

The Potomac plant provides about 70 percent of the water for all WSSC customers. WSSC’s Patuxent Water Filtration Plant in Laurel never lost power and remained fully functional.

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