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Water Emergency in Camp Springs & Surrounding Area – Caring community here

July 17, 2013
Large black pipe being lifted off a special truck while men in hard hats watch

54″ pipe from WSSCof

If you’re in the neighborhood of the water outage which started at ~9 PM on Wed., please note WSSC’s mandatory water restrictions to preserve fire fighting capabilities and to extend the time they can continue to provide service to customers while repairs are underway:

Under water restrictions, WSSC advises residents to use water “only when necessary such as short showers, turning off faucets after washing hands, limit flushing toilets, and postponing using washing machines and dishwashers.”

Some of the communities likely to be affected include Morningside, Hillcrest Heights, Camp Springs, Forest Heights, Temple Hills, and Oxon Hill, including Joint Base Andrews and the National Harbor. The area of the water restriction is outlined on this map (it does not cover all of Ft. Washington).

There is a list of summer programs closed here on July 17 and July 18.

For latest updates, subscribe to Notify Me Prince George’s. Also see the official WSSC alert and their Facebook page.

Our church is in the area without water, but we’re prepared and open. Members & friends living outside the affected area, if you can, contact those who might be in need (elderly, sick, disabled, with very small children, etc)  and offer shelter or a respite: a shower, meal or visit.

As a caring community, we would like to help our neighbors. Please let us know through email or phone if you are in need of assistance, such as water brought to you or transportation.

Since we’re also having a heat wave, you may need to go to one of these cooling stations. The nearest one in Camp Springs is:

Camp Springs Senior Activity Center
6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs
301-449-0490; TTY 301-446-3402

Water Safety Ideas:
1.  It’s recommended that you have 1-2 gallons per person stored per day of outage.
2.  Water is expected to be good only for 1-2 days if it doesn’t have a lid on it.
3.  Store as much water in a refrigerator to prevent bacteria build-up.
4.  If there is any question about if water is good, always BOIL the water first before using it to drink to kill contaminants.
5.  Always use water from tubs & sinks for cleaning & to flush toilets, instead of drinking.
6.  Never store water containers that have held milk, chemicals or toxic liquids in it previously.
7.  Store 1 quart per animal per day.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY NOTICES FOR ASSISTANCE:

Water distribution locations:

Distribution points will open from 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 and from 8:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m. until the water outage is over. Residents must bring their own containers.

Hillcrest Heights Elementary
4305 22nd Place
Hillcrest Heights, MD 20748

Thurgood Marshall Middle School
4909 Brinkley Road
Temple Hills, MD 20748

Oxon Hill Elementary School
7701 Livingston Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Reception Centers

Reception Center are designed to provide residents with a place where they can take showers, clean-up, get water and cool off. Reception Centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. starting on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Bottled water will be available at the reception centers.

Stephen Decatur Middle School
8200 Pinewood Drive
Clinton, MD 20735

Friendly High School
10000 Allentown Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744

Shelters

Shelters are designed for residents who have been displaced and require overnight accommodations. Shelter locations have been identified and will be opened as needed. The first shelter to open will be at:

Wise High School
12650 Brooke Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

WUSA will provide up-to-date news on this special alert.

Our hearts and prayers go out to all who are affected by this emergency.

NOTE UPDATES IN COMMENTS and Members, please check your email for e-updates.

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  1. July 17, 2013 2:12 pm

    There is an update in the news that says the water will keep flowing. Our Safety Officer church volunteer says they have a whole list of ways that they are prepared even though the report has changed. Here is the news report about it: WSSC says Prince George’s County will not lose water http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/266778/44/Water-Wont-Shut-Off-In-Prince-Georges-County

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