PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Md. (AP) - Officials in one Maryland county say at least 200,000 residents could temporarily be without water so that a pipe can be repaired, with temperatures expected to reach the mid-90s over the next few days.
Mandatory water restrictions began late Tuesday in several communities in Prince George's County just outside Washington. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says water is expected to stay off for three to five days while it repairs a failing section of a 4- 1/2-foot water main. Officials say the restrictions will help preserve firefighting capabilities and provide water for part of the first day.
County spokesman Scott Peterson says officials are opening reception centers where people can shower, use the bathroom and get drinking water.
Gaylord National Hotels at National Harbor will close at noon Wednesday and reopen Saturday. The Drug Court Professionals Convention checks out Wednesday morning. The National Children's Museum at National Harbor will be closed Wednesday through Friday due to the restrictions.
The water main, which officials said started to fail this spring, is located between Suitland Parkway and Forestville Road. Local businesses, as well as tens of thousands of residents, will be affected by the shutoff.
WSSC instructed customers in the affected area to:
- Stop all outside water use – no watering lawns, shrubs, flowers; no washing cars, no topping off swimming pools
- Use water only as necessary – i.e., shorter showers and turn off faucets after washing hands
- Limit flushing toilets (do not flush after every use)
- Postpone using washing machines and dishwashers
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