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LARGO, MD – Due to a precautionary boil water advisory issued by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) following a water main break Sunday afternoon,
businesses in a portion of southern Prince George’s County that prepare and serve food and water must shut down until the boil water advisory is lifted.
Food service establishments may continue to operate if they have a separate water filtration system that serves the facilities’ entire water system, not just the beverage systems, or if they have an emergency operations plan that provides an alternative source of potable water for their facility.
WSSC’s boil water advisory is for the area west of MD 210 (Indian Head Highway) to the Potomac River, and from the Washington, D.C. line south to Piscataway Creek. There are also small areas just east of MD 210 that are also under the boil water advisory.WSSC water quality experts have collected test samples from the impacted area. Two consecutive rounds of tests must indicate the water is safe before the boil water advisory can be lifted. Test results will not be available until Tuesday, April 2nd at the earliest. Once water safety has been confirmed, WSSC will lift the advisory and notify customers.WSSC has an interactive map to help customers find out if they are located in the affected area by typing in their address. WSSC has additional information about the water main break and what the boil water advisory means for residents.The Prince George’s County Health Department is contacting impacted food facilities to ensure they are aware of the situation and that they are in compliance. The department is inspecting facilities impacted by the boil water advisory and will close facilities that are not in compliance. The county public school system has enacted its emergency plan for schools in the impacted areas.