WSSC lifts water boil advisory in Prince George's County

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) --The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has lifted the boil water advisory that was in effect in parts of Prince George's County.

The advisory had been in effect since Tuesday, after a 24-inch water main broke on Tanglewood Drive near Alternate Route 1 in Hyattsville, WSSC said.

Testing conducted indicated there were no signs of harmful bacteria, WSSC reported.

Despite there being no evidence of contamination, WSSC still advises residents flush lines before drinking the water.

WSSC provided the following instructions:

  • WSSC suggests customers run all cold water taps for five minutes. If you have a single-lever faucet, set it to run the cold water.

  • Begin with the highest faucet in your home or business and then open the other faucets one at a time, moving from your highest floor to your lowest.

  • After five minutes, turn off your faucets in reverse order, from the lowest to highest. You should also flush your refrigerator's water lines.

  • Flushing your water lines will lower the risk of potential contamination that is created whenever a water main is depressurized because of a break.

  • Customers should also dispose of any ice made since the precautionary BWA was put in place at 7:55 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2. The next three batches of ice should also be thrown out. Icemaker containers should be wiped clean with a solution of two tablespoons bleach to one gallon of water.

If you experience any problems after performing the above procedures, or if you have questions, please call WSSC's Emergency Call Center at 301.206.4002 or TTY 301.206.8345.

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