Water service fixes 1 of 2 water main breaks on Clopper Road

Crews have fixed one of the two water main breaks but is fixing the first pipe that broke on Tuesday that left hundreds without water service in Germantown, Maryland.

The repairs require more piping than initially thought, so that has pushed back when water service will be restored. Impacted customers by the first brake in Clopper Road started receiving some service after 6 p.m., with officials reminding residents that discolored water is common following a water break.

“Water is estimated to be restored this evening,” WSSC said in tweet. ” We know this is frustrating.”

Around 200 customers are affected, and initially, WSSC Water said water service would be restored by noon.

Two schools — Northwest High School and Great Seneca Creek Elementary School — dismissed early on Wednesday.

WSSC Water said the breaches occurred about a half-mile apart on Md. Route 117/Clopper Road between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

The WTOP Traffic Center reports Clopper Road is closed between Md. 119/Great Seneca Highway and Mateny Road.

The utility first tweeted about a broken 24-inch main in the 11500 block of Clopper Road around 6 p.m. Tuesday, leading to a loss of water service in the area.

Photos from the site showed a flooded hole in the road surface before crews worked to drain and dig up the leaking pipe.

Just after midnight Wednesday, WSSC Water tweeted about another water main break in the 12400 block of Clopper Road.

Lyn Riggins, a spokeswoman for the utility, said no additional customers were believed to have lost service due to the second break.

WTOP’s Colleen Kelleher contributed to this story.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

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