WSSC Water Customers in Impacted Area Should Bring Water to a Rolling Boil for 1 Minute Before Any Consumption
As a precaution, WSSC Water has issued a Boil Water Advisory (BWA) for customers in a portion of Montgomery County following a water main break Thursday evening on a 12-inch pipe that runs along MacArthur Boulevard in Cabin John/Glen Echo area.
The precautionary BWA is affecting approximately 2,200 customers who are in the Cabin John/Glen Echo area of Montgomery County. Click on this map to view the affected area.
If you live in the affected area, you should bring your water to a rolling boil for one minute then cool it before:
- Brushing teeth
- Washing fruits and vegetables
- Preparing baby food and formula
- Making ice
- Giving to pets
All stored water, drinks or ice made recently should be discarded. Boiled water can be stored in a clean container with a cover. Water does not have to be boiled before it is used for bathing as long as it is not consumed.
The BWA is necessary following the water main break, which caused a small portion of the WSSC Water system to lose pressure. When this occurs, there is an increased risk of contamination to the water distribution system. WSSC Water recommends if you live in the affected area, you should boil your water per the guidelines stated above.
WSSC Water will test samples from the impacted area to ensure the water is safe for consumption. Once water safety has been confirmed, WSSC Water will lift the BWA and will notify customers that the advisory has been lifted.