Prince George’s emergency water shut-off: live updates

July 16, 2013

Residents of a large section of Prince George’s County are braced for an emergency water shut-off that could last several days during the hottest period so far this summer.

Authorities have told residents to start stockpiling water in anticipation of the shut-off. The announcement came after signs were detected that part of a major water main, which supplies at least 100,000 people, was about to fail and required immediate replacement.

Service through the 54-inch main could be out for as long as four days.

Paper plates and plastic utensils for Gaylord guests

Amie Gorrell, director of public relations for the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, said the hotel will close at noon Wednesday, The Post’s Michael Laris reports. They expect to remain closed through Saturday night before reopening Sunday, she said.

Gorrell would not say how much money Gaylord will lose in that time, or how many guests will be affected by the emergency water shutdown that has affected service for more than 100,000 customers in southern Prince George’s County. Crews from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission are expected to make repairs to a broken water main that is at risk of rupturing. Water service could be disrupted for as long as five days once the repairs begin.

“We at Gaylord National don’t have an official opinion” on the breakdown of basic water service, Gorrell said. “Obviously, we’re disappointed. I really don’t want to go any further.”

Guests staying Tuesday night will get breakfast Wednesday morning, but nice silverware is off the table.

“We’re going to serve it on paper plates with plastic utensils,” she said.

A conference scheduled to start Friday at Gaylord has been postponed until later in the year, and another scheduled to start Saturday has been moved to the Marriott Wardman Park near Woodley Park, another Marriott-managed hotel, she said. Existing hotel guests were offered accommodations at other Marriotts if they wanted to move, she said.

The “good news for us,” she said, is “our hotel was projected to be at low occupancy over the next couple days anyway” because the major drug court conference was wrapping up.

National Harbor hotel goes dark

It will be lights out at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the 250-unit Wyndham Vacation Resorts at National Harbor, reports The Post’s Miranda Spivack.

Corporate spokeswoman Michele Pinnau said that’s the deadline for guests in the nearly full hotel to leave because of the impending water cutoff in southern Prince George’s County.

“We are closing the resort,” she said. Without water, the hotel cannot operate its cooling system, to say nothing of providing drinking water, showers and food.

Guests will get full refunds, she said, and an opportunity to visit again under better circumstances. As to when the hotel and its neighboring businesses will reopen, it’s anyone’s guess.

“There is no timeframe,” Pinnau said. “We will continue to reassess several times a day.”

Summer and after-school programs cancelled

The Post’s Ovetta Wiggins reports that Prince George’s County school system officials have announced that summer and after-school programs at 63 sites in the southern part of the county will be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to the water outage. A full list of affected programs is available here.

In addition to the programs listed, the  Hillcrest Heights Branch and Oxon Hill Branch libraries will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

‘I hope it doesn’t explode,’ resident says

Should they stay or should they go?

The Post’s Trishula Patel talked to residents who live in the Parkway Apartments, a building across the street from where crews from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission are slated to begin repairs of the broken water main.

Some said they planned to stay, while others were moving to hotels or in with friends until water service is restored.

“I hope it [doesn't] explode,” said Ann Littleton, 62, who thinks she’s stored away just enough water.  “I hope they fix it before it does. In the meantime we’ll just do all we can do to cope.”

Nicole Mack, a special police officer who works in the District, said she planned to stay at a Holiday Inn Express in the city so she can be close to work.

“It’s going to cost me a small fortune,” Mack said.

Earlene Washington, 31, had stocked up and was doing laundry to get ahead of the planned shut-off.

“I’m hoping for the best, and that no pipes burst,” she said. “I hope there’s no flooding.”

Washington said she planned to stay with a friend once her water supplies ran out.

Tips to keep plants alive when water is scarce

As if this week’s excessive heat weren’t enough, residents in Prince George’s County also are dealing with as many as five days without water as crews rush to repair a broken water main. Many home gardeners (and community gardeners) may wonder what they can do to help their plants weather this double whammy.

We turned to Washington Post garden columnist Adrian Higgins, who graciously offered this advice:

  • We are well above average for rainfall this season, so losing water for a few days isn’t going to make much difference to lawns and established plantings. Seasonal plantings, however, should be given a good drink in advance of the cut off, particularly given the heat stress this week. Focus on annuals in garden beds, the vegetable garden and particularly, plants in containers or hanging baskets.
  • Forget the overhead sprinkler, the most efficient method is to use a watering can or bucket to pour water directly on the roots, not the foliage. This assures a good soaking that will last a few days.
  • In the veggie garden, work the soil gently around root zones before watering to encourage moisture penetration. A mulch of straw will help – don’t use grass clippings, which mat down. Make sure you water any plants that are still young, especially melons, squash and cucumbers. Weeds will steal water from your desired plants.

Containers:

  • Water containers thoroughly so that you see water coming through the drain holes, and consider moving pots into an area of afternoon shade for the next few days. This might be a good time to groom and trim annuals such as petunias and coleus that have grown long. This will reduce their thirst, and they will grow back to be more bushy.
  •  Give perennials, shrubs and trees that have been planted this spring a drink as well – don’t forget young street trees.

 

Water emergency affects operations at Joint Base Andrews

The pending emergency water shut-off in southern Prince George’s County will affect operations at  Joint Base Andrews, officials announced Tuesday.

In a news release posted on the base’s Web site, officials said they would shift to mission-essential operations beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday — the same time that mandatory water restrictions go into effect in southern Prince George’s County.

The water restrictions are being put into place so that crews from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission can begin work to repair a damaged water main.

“While the water outage may present a challenge, the vital missions at Andrews will continue,” said Col. Bill Knight, 11th Wing/Joint Base Andrews commander. “I urge our base residents to prepare themselves and I assure you we are doing all we can to minimize the impact the situation. Taking care of our Andrews families is a top priority.”

Officials said airmen from the 11th Civil Engineer Squadron were preparing portable, potable water tanks and toilet facilities to be distributed at various locations throughout the installation. The equipment would be accessible to those who work and live on the base.

The base’s commissary and AAFES facilities also will be closed during the shutdown. The base’s Emergency Care Center will continue to operate, but appointments at the Malcolm Grow Medical and Surgery Center have been canceled. Appointments can be rescheduled by calling 1-888-999-1212.

Civilian employees determined to be mission-essential and emergency employees should report to work unless otherwise advised by their supervisor. Non-mission essential civilian employees who are authorized to telework, or have an alternate work schedule should coordinate with their supervisors. All other non-mission essential civilian employees are encouraged to work with their supervisors to swap a furlough day, or take administrative leave.

Officials said child care will be provided for personnel identified as mission-essential at Child Development Center Three.

A decision on Thursday operations will be made Wednesday afternoon. Normal operations are expect to resume once water service is restored.

 

 

 

County to deploy tanker trucks to help with water emergency

Prince George’s County officials will open at least two reception centers and deploy water tanker trucks to provide water to residents in southern Prince George’s County affected by an emergency water shutdown slated to happen Tuesday night.

“We know residents and businesses are frustrated,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker during an afternoon briefing. “We are frustrated too.”

But Baker said this was not the time to point fingers, and while officials had plenty of questions, it was more important to get residents through the current crisis.

“This is serious and you need to have a plan,” said Council member Obie Patterson, (D-Fort Washington). “Don’t be reluctant to call on your neighbors and friends.”

Officials at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which provides water service to the county, said that mandatory water restrictions will begin at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Later, crews will move to begin repairs on a damaged 54-inch water main. WSSC officials said it could take three to five days for service to return to normal.

Baker said residents should fill up their bathtubs and any available containers. He also urged them to be conservative in their use of water. The less water used, the longer the existing supply will last.

“We’re on top of this,” Baker said. “We will do everything we can.”

Officials said they would release the locations of the reception centers, where residents will be able to shower and rest, later Tuesday. Information about where residents can get water — either bottled or from tanker trucks brought  in for the emergency — also will come later Tuesday.

WSSC spokesman I.J. Hudson said once the water is shut off, residents should have about 12 to 15 hours of water service before the taps run dry. The supply will last longer if individuals use the supply conservatively.

 

Residents losing patience as water shut-off looms

The Post’s Michael Laris, out and about in Tuesday’s heat, reports that some Prince George’s County residents are beginning to lose patience as they scramble to stockpile enough water to get  them through an emergency water shut-off that could last for several days.

“You tell them we need water here,” said Rosa Whitehead, 70, of Temple Hills. “Don’t cut the water off on me, please! We have food to prepare, clothes to wash, a shower to take.”

Across the county routines were disrupted as residents scrambled to prepare for life without water.

Whitehead usually cooks up pigtails late in the afternoon or early in the evening. But on Tuesday, she rushed home, with her grumpy husband in the hot car, to get the pot boiling early.

“It’s hard to cook. We have to have water to keep pouring it into the pot to keep it going,” she said.

At Roy’s Car Wash in Camp Springs, cashier Crystal Pope, 51, was irate. Car washes were set to halt when the water ran out, but that wasn’t what was getting her. It was the sudden and personal upheaval that made her so mad.

“I had to fill my granddaughter’s pool up with water so we can flush the commode. It’s unsanitary,” she said. She plans to scoop water from the baby pool as long as it lasts. Her family got a few cases of bottled water, and she’s also buying rubbing alcohol to clean her hands.

“We’re going to have to buy baby wipes to wash up our bodies because we’re going to need the water to drink,” said Pope, who has bright pink streaks in her blond hair and was sitting behind a cashier’s window and bottles of Vanillaroma car freshener.

Authorities didn’t give people sufficient notice, she said.

“Some people like me, I don’t have money to go anyplace else,” she said, adding that her family’s in Nebraska. “They should provide the water for the people — since we don’t have the water!…It’s like we didn’t have a storm, but are going to suffer the effects of having a storm.”

Hospitals, care homes brace for water emergency

The Post’s Katherine Shaver reports that area hospitals and care homes for the elderly are scrambling to collect water and buy supplies for an emergency water shutoff that will affect some of the area’s most vulnerable residents.

Richard Ardery, spokesman for MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, said the hospital isn’t in the affected area, but the staff expects they might be busier than usual.

“We’re very aware there may be an influx of patients, particularly from nursing homes and dialysis patients,” Ardery said. “We’re ready to serve those folks.”

Timothy Countee spent the morning shopping for extra bottled water and fruit drinks for the 16 residents at two assisted living facilities that he operates with his wife, Brenda, in Temple Hills, one of the affected communities. Between the two houses, he said, they filled six bath tubs with water to use for flushing toilets.

Most of the patients at Canterbury House Assisted Living and Corkran House have Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia and require baths daily, he said. Frequent laundry also is a must, he said.

“We can deal with one or two days pretty easily,” Countee said by phone while shopping at Giant in Marlow Heights, where the water aisle was particularly busy. “But if it’s four or five days, we’d have to move them to a hotel or something…Handwashing and trying to keep people clean become a real ordeal when you don’t have water.”

He said he bought enough supplies to last five days, including 12 cases of bottled water from Home Depot and 10 bags of ice from 7-11. He also shopped for fruit, tuna and other food that could be prepared with minimal water and wouldn’t require using an oven during this week’s heat wave.

Howard, Charles counties offer fire aid

The Post’s Miranda Spivack reports that surrounding jurisdictions are lending support to Prince George’s County as it prepares for an emergency water shutoff  that could affect as many as 100,000 people.

Mark Brady, spokesman for Prince George’s Fire/EMS said that Howard County is lending one tanker, and Charles County two tankers, which will each have at least 25,000 gallons of water for fighting fires.

“That will give us a total of seven in the affected area,” Brady said.

Earlier in the day, Prince George’s County fire officials said they were prepared in the event of a fire emergency in the neighborhoods affected by the water emergency. Brady said the minimum seven pieces of equipment that are deployed in the event of a structure fire would come equipped with 2,000 gallons of water.

“This amount of water is often time more than sufficient to handle most extinguishment efforts,” he said in a written statement.

Brady added that contingency plans likely will include relocating water tankers that can carry as much as 3,000 gallons of water and the dispatch of additional water-filled engine companies. Fire apparatus also will be prepared to “draft” water from waterways and swimming pools if needed,” he added.

Without investment, water main breaks could become common

The crisis caused by a 48-year-old water main in Prince George’s County reflects regional and national concerns over aging water systems that allow an estimated 1.7 trillion gallons of water to leak from pipes each year before it reaches its destination. The American Society of Civil Engineers projects that without a $9.4 billion investment by 2020, Americans will face regular service disruptions like this one, The Post’s Ashley Halsey III reports.

“Our nation’s water infrastructure is too often out-of-sight, out-of-mind, and people only notice it when it fails to work,” ASCE Executive Director Patrick J. Natale said Tuesday. “Many of our pipes right here in the D.C. area are over 100 years old. Hopefully, this incident will serve as a wake-up call that America needs to invest in our water systems before more events like this occur.”

And it’s not just water mains. The nation’s bridges and roadways also are in need of repair. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that $76 billion is needed to repair deficient bridges that carry 260 million vehicles each day.

WSSC crews poised to begin repairs

The Post’s Trishula Patel reports from an apartment complex in southern Prince George’s County, just across the street from the damaged water main.

Across the street from the Parkway apartments on Forestville Road on Tuesday afternoon, a crew of about 10 workers with cranes and trucks continued to clear the pathway into the woods surrounding the street where they need to start pipe repairs.

Workers were at the site overnight building an access road to the repair site, according to Lyn Riggins, a spokesperson for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

“This is a terrible time for this to happen,” she said.

Riggins said the crew will begin digging late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. WSSC has already announced mandatory water restrictions for residents in the affected area beginning at 9 p.m.

Prior to that, the water system will be filled to capacity, a move that will give residents about 12 to 15 hours of water. Riggins estimated that water supplies could run out between noon and and 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Water could be restored in three to five days, Riggins said.

Caring for plants, neighbors as water emergency looms

The Post’s Michael Laris reports from Temple Hills, where residents are ensuring their neighbors and their gardens are prepared for what could be a four-day stretch without water. Here’s what he found:

Beverly Bland stopped her Chevy at the entrance of Prince George’s Pine Plains community and poured a gallon of water from her trunk onto her beloved wax begonias and purple-and-yellow impatiens.

The barrel of flowers welcomes people to her Temple Hills neighborhood, and the retired federal worker hated the idea of them going thirsty and shriveling up in the heat.

“It’s not enough,” she said, standing in the searing sun. “We’ll see how long it’s off.”

She and her husband filed up the bathtub and bought water Monday night as soon as they heard the news. Tuesday morning they filled pitchers and a dishwashing tub, and she checked on some elderly neighbors. “Our civic association tries to look out for each other,” she said.

While tap water will soon be scarce in this part of the region, automobiles remain plentiful. Her husband Jim Bland trekked to a Target in Alexandria on Tuesday to buy several more jugs. There was a supply of small bottles, but he counted only seven gallon bottles. He took four. “This other lady wanted some, so I let her take the other three,” Jim Bland said.

The Blands figure they have enough water for a couple days. They have a daughter who lives in Calvert County, and another who lives in a part of Prince George’s that’s not affected. Beverly might make do for a while with the water she’s set aside.

“I can take a bird bath,” she said, but  given her daily exercise regimen, that won’t last.

“When I really have the need and I can’t shower, I’ll have to go somewhere.”

 

Residents prepare for days without water

The Post’s Michael Laris reports on how some Prince George’s County residents are responding to news that they could be without water for as long as four days, as officials with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission prepare to make emergency repairs on a damaged water main:

The rush to find bottled water had Sherrie Lapoint instructing her six-year-old granddaughter Cherish to scramble up the Giant shelves in Hillcrest Heights to reach the final couple dozen bottles of higher-end Glaceau Smart Water on the otherwise nearly empty water aisle.

“Get those ones in the back,” Lapoint told her. “This stuff is scary. Can you imagine a real emergency?…I never even thought about it before this. What if it was something other than a water main break — a terrorist attack? Where would we get water from?”

Earlier Tuesday morning Lapoint had driven into the District to get several big jugs of water as well. “I’m never going to be without water again,” she said. “What if we couldn’t get out of the area? What would we do?”

Ethel Boyd, 62, of Temple Hills took the other 18 bottles of Smart Water. She’s diabetic and didn’t want to take any chances. “I have to drink a lot of water to keep my sugar down. I have to be careful,” she said.

The bare shelves reminded her of a less sweat-drenched season. “It’s like we’re getting ready for a big snow. You walk in and find the shelves clean,” she said.

The retired Georgetown University custodian marveled at the day’s predicament.

“You never know when you’re going to have a water attack. I didn’t expect this today. Water’s important!”

She’s planning to pop over to Alexandria to fill up on less pricy water as well, and to take showers at her sister’s house.

A Giant clerk said more water was expected in his store later in the day.

Geraldine Bryant, who is almost 70, was pursuing a somewhat more relaxed strategy. She filled up two crab pots at home, along with four bottles. She saw a few oversized jugs of water at Giant before they, too, were snapped up, but they were a little big for her.

“I didn’t feel like lugging it,” she said.

So she trudged across the hot parking lot to Maxway, a discount store. But their supply was tapped out as well. A clerk said the stack of water had been about has tall as him, and now there were three bottles.

But the retired nurse, who lives in Temple Hills, didn’t succumb to the panic.

“It’s a small thing, depending on how long it lasts,” she said. “If it’s a couple days, it won’t be too bad.”

She decided to head home and find some more containers to fill up before the water shut off.

Area businesses worry about lack of water

The Post’s Katherine Shaver reports that some local businesses have been caught off guard by word of the upcoming emergency water shutoff affecting southern Prince George’s County.

For example, workers at many businesses in the Temple Hills area contacted Tuesday morning said they were unaware of any impending water problems.

Muhammed Ahmad, manager at Cameron’s Seafood Market on Branch Avenue in Temple Hills, said he didn’t realize the business would lose water until a reporter called.

Ahmad said Cameron’s relies on water to clean fish, wash dishes and steam crabs for the carry-out restaurant. He said he plans to investigate where he can buy ice to restock the ice machine and how he might get a water tanker truck to supply water during any shortages. He said he’s worried how the business would pay its 18 employees if it had to close.

“If we can arrange for hot and cold water,” Ahmad said, “then we can stay open.”

Mandatory water restrictions begin at 9 p.m.

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officials announced that mandatory water restrictions will begin at 9 p.m. Tuesday in areas affected by the emergency water shutdown.

Repairs on the damaged water main are expected to begin late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning.

 

Residents in the affected areas are advised to stockpile at least two gallons of water per person, per day,  in preparation for the a shutdown that could last as long as four days. Stores in the region already are reporting an uptick in bottled water sales and have ordered additional stock to keep up with demand, The Post’s Katherine Shaver reports.

Both Giant and Safeway stores in Prince George’s began stocking up on water early Tuesday morning, said Safeway spokesman Greg Ten Eyck.

The stores were already beefing up supplies in preparation for this week’s heat wave and a sale on bottled water starting Wednesday, he said.

Five Safeway stores in Prince George’s, four in Southeast Washington, and one in Charles County will all receive additional water shipments by Tuesday afternoon, Ten Eyck said.

Safeway officials are working to line up a tanker truck to supply water to the Oxon Hill store, which is in the affected area. That will enable the store to keep its produce, meat, bakery and deli departments open, he said.

“We certainly want to accommodate the needs of the community,” Ten Eyck said. “It will be a challenge for stores to keep up with demand, but that’s what we do.”

WSSC officials said a 54-inch main just inside the Capital Beltway was about to fail and might take as long as four days to replace.

Residents should stockpile at least two gallons of water per person, per day

The Post’s Katherine Shaver spoke with Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officials earlier Tuesday who offered these tips for coping with the emergency water shutdown that could affect nearly 100,000 residents in Prince George’s County.

WSSC spokesman I.J. Hudson said people in the area should stockpile at least two  gallons of water per person for every day they will lose water.

He said the utility expects water to be shutoff “several days” but said he couldn’t pinpoint it any further.The drinking water remains safe, he said.

Utility officials are asking people to reach out to friends and neighbors to make sure they have enough water on hand.

“No question, this is going to be rough on people for several days,” Hudson said.

Prince George’s County Fire officials prepare back up plan if hydrants run dry

The Post’s Miranda Spivack reports that Prince George’s County fire officials are preparing contingency plans in the event there is a fire emergency and fire hydrants in areas affected by the water shutdown are inoperable.

“The Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department is making plans in the event of a fire emergency in an area that would not have any working hydrants. Any reported structure (house, apartment, commercial building, etc.) fire includes at a minimum seven pieces of fire apparatus that include 2,000 gallons of water. This amount of water is often time more than sufficient to handle most extinguishment efforts,” said department spokesman Mark Brady in a written statement.

“The department contingency plans more than likely will include the relocation of water tankers that can carry as much as 3,000 gallons of water and the dispatch of additional water-filled engine companies. Fire apparatus also will be prepared to “draft” water from waterways and swimming pools if needed,” he added.

Said Prince George’s County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor in a written statement: “We are fully prepared to work without the fire hydrants in the affected area for a few days.”

Prince George’s County opens cooling centers

Prince George’s County parks officials announced they have opened more than two dozen cooling centers across the county to help residents cope with record heat and the possibility that some may lose water service as early as Tuesday afternoon.

Officials urged residents to call ahead to ensure that centers have running water. The centers will operate from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Prince George’s County parks department  Web site has additional information. Residents also can call 311 to get updated information.

The following is a list of cooling centers:

  • Baden Community Center – 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine, 301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030
  • Beltsville Community Center – 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville, 301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512
  • Bladensburg Community Center – 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg, 301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512; Information in Spanish: 301-445-4509
  • Bowie Community Center – 3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie, 301-464-1737; TTY 301-218-6768
  • Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, 301-449-0490; TTY 301-446-3402
  • Cedar Heights Community Center – 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant, 301-773-8881; TTY 301-218-6768
  • College Park Community Center – 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park – 301-441-2647
  • College Park Youth Services Center – 4912 Nantucket Road, College Park, 301-345-4425; TTY 301-445-4512
  • Deerfield Run Community Center – 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road – Laurel, 301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512
  • Glassmanor Community Center – 1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill, 301-567-6033; TTY 301-203-6030
  • Glenarden / Theresa Banks Complex – 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden, 301-772-3151; TTY 301-218-6768
  • Glenn Dale Community Center – 11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard (Rte. 193), Glenn Dale – 301-352-8983; TTY 301-218-6768
  • Good Luck Community Center – 8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham, 301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512
  • Hillcrest Heights Community Center – 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills, 301-505-0897
  • John E. Howard Community Center and Senior Activity Center – 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights, 301-735-3340; TTY 301-218-6768
  • Kentland Community Center – 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, 301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512
  • Largo/Perrywood/Kettering Community Center – 431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro – 301-390-8390; TTY 301-218-6768
  • Lake Arbor Community Center – 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, 301-333-6561; TTY 301-218-6768
  • Langley Park Community Center – 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville, 301-445-4508; TTY 301-445-4512
  • Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center , 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, 301-206-3350; TTY 301-446-3402
  • Marlow Heights Community Center – 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights, 301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030
  • North Brentwood Community Center – 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood, 301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512
  • North Forestville Community Center, 2311 Ritchie Road, Forestville, 301-350-8660
  • Oakcrest Community Center – 1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard, Capitol Heights – 301-736-5355; TTY 301-218-6768
  • Patuxent Community Center – 4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro, 301-780-7577; TTY 301-203-6030
  • Peppermill Village Community Center – 610 Hill Road, Landover, 301-350-8410; TTY 301-218-6768
  • Prince George’s Plaza Community Center – 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, 301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512
  • Rollingcrest/Chillum Community Center – 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum, 301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512
  • Seat Pleasant Activity Center – 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant, 301-773-6685; TTY 301-218-6768
  • South Bowie Community Center – 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie, 301-249-1622; TTY 301-218-6768
  • Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington – 301-749-4160, TTY 301-203-6030
  • Suitland Community Center – 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD, 301-736-3518; TTY 301-203-6030
  • Temple Hills Community Center – 5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, 301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030
  • Upper Marlboro Community Center – 5400 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro – 301-627-2828; TTY 301-203-6030
  • Vansville Community Center – 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville, 301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512

Giant supermarkets order additional supplies of bottled water

With at least 100,000 residents of Prince George’s County expected to lose water service for several days due to an emergency shut-off, the rush to stock up on bottled water has already begun.

Jamie Miller, a spokesman for Giant Food, said the company began working with bottled water suppliers Monday night to step up deliveries to stores in the area.
“The significant demand started last night,” Miller said. “That demand is just increasing this morning.”

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission announced late Monday that it would have to shut down a major water main as early as Tuesday afternoon. The shutdown could affect nearly 100,000 and could last for as long as four days as repairs to the 54-inch main are made.

The shutdown comes as the Washington region braces for several days of extreme heat.

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UGC FROM ARTICLE: !!!

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