Latest Update on Clopper Rd Water Main Break, Some Residents Still Without Water

by Patrick Herron

Water is estimated to be restored by this evening to residents affected by last night’s water main breaks in the 11500blk of Clopper Rd in Gaithersburg and the 12400blk of Clopper Rd in Germantown, according to WSSC.  Below are the latest updates:

  • There is currently a WSSC water station set up at the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley (13421 Clopper Rd, Germantown) for those who are currently without water.
  • WSSC provided it’s last update around 10am on Twitter, saying “additional sections of pipe needing replacement. This is something we don’t know until we get into repairs. Water is estimated to be restored this evening. We know this is frustrating. We are working as quickly as possible 2 repair 2 large water main breaks.”
  • Northwest High School released students this morning at10am due to the situation. NWHS Principal tweeted, “attention Northwest Families, due to a water main break in the area, we are dismissing early at 10:00 am. Bus service will be provided for students who need it and bagged lunches will also be provided.”
  • Several lanes are still closed on Clopper Road between Great Seneca Hwy and Waring Station Rd. Drivers are advised to seek an alternate route and to expect significant delays.

8/30 Update:
WSSC announced that crews were working as quickly as possible to shutdown a broken 24” water main in the 11500 blk of Clopper Rd in Gaithersburg, a little before 6pm on Tuesday evening. Since then, it has been announced that there was a second water main break on the 12400 block of Clopper Rd.

As of 10:26pm on Tuesday, all of the water had been pumped out of the first water main break and crews were digging to expose the broken pipe and make repairs. Just before 2am on Wednesday morning, WSSC announced that work would begin ASAP on second water main break.

Clopper Rd now has intermittent closures between Great Seneca Highway and Waring Station Rd because of the repairs to the two water main breaks. Per WSSC, “Noon today is when we estimate water service being restored. We appreciate your patience as we work as quickly as possible to wrap up repairs and get the water back on.


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