Water restored to Bethesda neighborhood after crews repair broken main

Water has been restored for residents of a Bethesda, Maryland, neighborhood Wednesday after crews repaired a decades-old pipe.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says a water main began leaking under Linden Avenue, near Pooks Hill Road, around 7 a.m. Tuesday, affecting 45 customers.
The main was nearly 60 years old, the utility said in a tweet, and found to have extensive damage.

It was initially thought that a 6-foot stretch of the pipe would be replaced. However, according to an updated post at 1:45 a.m., approximately 25 feet of pipe needed to be replaced.

Fifteen hours later, water was restored to the Bethesda neighborhood after a new pipe was added in place of the older main. The agency said residents should flush any cold water lines if the water appears discolored, as it is common after a water main break.

The company had set up a water station for affected residents out of a blue van at Maplewood-Alta Vista Park.

WTOP’s Alejandro Alvarez contributed to this report.

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