The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is conducting water main maintenance Thursday, and some Montgomery County customers could see discolored water.
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The near-constant rain that fell over the weekend across the D.C. region smashed an annual record, stranded drivers and caused sewer overflows.
Around 200 people were without water Saturday after a water main break forced a temporary water shutoff near College Gardens Elementary School in Rockville, Maryland. Water service has since been restored.
A water main break in Silver Spring, Maryland was still being repaired on Monday morning, likely leading to traffic delays for morning commute along George and Connecticut avenues in the affected area.
It’s the time of year when pipes and water main breaks start to spike, with water utilities averaging over a thousand repair calls every winter when temperatures plummet through February.
When water temperatures drop in the Potomac River, WSSC officials say they also see a spike in water main breaks. It’s “one of our key indicators,” said Carla Reid, general manager and CEO of WSSC.
Last winter was a big one for water main breaks, the WSSC said Thursday. Officials explained how they’re getting ready for this winter; workers detailed what it takes to fix one and how you can help.
Utility crews have been working to resolve a handful of complaints about brown drinking water in the Rockville-Aspen Hill area.
WSSC estimates that 983,000 gallons spilled into Broad Creek in Fort Washington, Maryland, from Saturday night into early Sunday morning.
Around 400 residents in Prince George’s County, Maryland, have gone four days without hot water or central home heating after a water main break caused a gas outage Thursday night.
WSSC said there were 819 water main breaks and leaks this past January, making it the single busiest month for water main repairs in WSSC’s 100 years as a utility — and winter isn’t even over yet.
Two weekend sewer spills sent WSSC crews to Rockville and Fort Washington to contain the wastewater. WSSC officials still don’t know what caused the spills.
While warmer weather brings some relief to work crews that have labored in sub-freezing temperatures for days to fix water main breaks, it doesn’t mean they are done cleaning up.
Broken water mains keep happening along the U.S. Route 1 corridor in Prince George’s County, Maryland, during this ongoing cold snap.
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