FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- WSSC has issued a boil water advisory for approximately 10,000 customers in part of Southern Prince George's County, including Accokeek, parts of Fort Washington, and Piscataway on Wednesday.
The boil water advisory was issued as a precaution after a 12-inch water main that runs in a wooded area along Windbrook Drive and crosses Piscataway Creek in Brandywine broke Tuesday night, say WSSC officials. The main is 44 years old.
According to officials, crews have isolated a section of the pipe, but have not found the broken section in the creek. They say heavy rain and flooding Tuesday night made it difficult to find the broken section.
If you live in the following areas you should begin to boil your water immediately: areas east of Indian Head Highway, west of Piscataway Road, south of Palmer Road running down to the Charles County line.
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If you live in the affected area, officials say you should boil your water before drinking it, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food. Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and cooled before using. Water for pets should be boiled and then cooled for their use.
The advisory will be in effect for another 36 to 48 hours after water service has been restored to allow time to test the water quality, say WSSC officials.