Water main break closes road in Clinton, Md.

February 17

Crews were working Monday morning to repair a water main break in Clinton, Md.

Woodyard Road remains closed between Old Branch Avenue and Pineview Lane while Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission crews work to repair the eight-inch pipe at Woodyard Road.  Utility officials say the work will take between four and six hours.

About 21 customers are without water, WSSC spokeswoman Lyn Riggins said.

WSSC crews are currently working to repair 23 breaks and leaks in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, Riggins said.  Not every break or leak means customers are without water, she said.

The frigid temperatures have caused many water main breaks across the region this winter.  WSSC dealt with 585 water main breaks in the Maryland suburbs during last month’s frigid cold.

Officials say the rising and dropping water temperatures stress the aging pipes, causing them to weaken and break.

“We can have between 500 and 600 each month in the winter,” Riggins said. “We repair them all as quickly as we can.”

Luz Lazo writes about transportation and development. She has recently written about the challenges of bus commuting, Metro’s dark stations, and the impact of sequestration on air travel.
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