County Executive

Prince George's County, Maryland

Statement of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

For Immediate Release: 7/17/2013 7:00 PM

Contact: Scott L. Peterson / (240) 619-9400

Upper Marlboro, MD – Tonight, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker released the following statement regarding the water restrictions in portions of Southern Prince George’s County.  Earlier this afternoon, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) announced that South County residents will not lose water due to the replacement of a 54-inch concrete pipeline that appeared to be failing.  However, mandatory water restrictions remain in place for the impacted area. 

“Today, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) announced that South County residents will not lose water due to the replacement of a 54-inch concrete pipeline that was failing.  This announcement comes as a result of some amazing work done by two committed WSSC workers who got a valve to work that enable our residents to go without any break in service.  Their commitment and efforts of so many in this County and region are why we were able to make it through what could have been several very difficult days for the 150,000 residents of this County who live in the affected areas. 

I want to thank the people of Prince George’s County for their patience, understanding and for chipping in and being good neighbors and adhering to the restrictions and conserving water, we made it through together!  We have some great neighbors in this region that helped us through this.  I want to thank our regional and state partners, and all the dedicated employees of Prince George’s County for the hours of work they put in to ensure that our residents were safe and secure. 

Although we appear to be out of the woods, we still are under mandatory water restrictions for the impacted area.  Residents are advised to utilize water only when necessary and to take short showers, turn off faucets after washing hands, limit flushing toilets, and postpone using washing machines and dishwashers.  We must continue our conservation efforts. WSSC is confident that the system will remain fully operational while repairs are completed to the pipeline and returned to service.  As a precaution, the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management will continue operations and services that were set-up for this water shortage until 9:00 pm tonight. 

Even though this is great news, we also we realize that this event had a significant impact on our economy.  People were inconvenienced and businesses lost money, but we did what we had to do to prepare for the anticipated loss of water service. 

For me, the silver lining of this event was seeing the thousands of citizens, businesses, and stakeholders who volunteered and donations of water to our impacted residents.  Throughout this County, State, and Country a crisis brings out the best in us.  It is times like these when people come together to help one another.  Our water crisis this week proved no different.

I would like to acknowledge the following organizations and businesses for their unsolicited outreach to assist our residents:


·                     AARP

·                     The American Red Cross

                     Bob Hall Distributors

                     CBS Radio


                     Giant Food

                     Food and Friends

                     Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown

                     Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

                     Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG)

                     The National Guard

                     The Peterson Companies



                     The Salvation Army


                     Washington Redskins

These companies, organizations and many other individuals provided outstanding support during this situation and we thank everyone for their generous donations, efforts and service. We are not out of the woods yet, so let’s keep on conserving water.  Thank you.”