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Run On Water Leads To Water Stockpiles

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County residents are thrilled they won't have to go into survivor-mode.

They've gone from the fear of having no water to wondering what to do with all the water they have stockpiled.

People are also asking "what are we going to do about the lost wages?" A lot of day workers were sent home, and that's money they cannot make up. 

A lot of the people who showed up to buy water had not heard that the crisis had been averted until they heard from WUSA 9. 

Some people mentioned taking the water to a local shelter. 

Listening to the residents in southern Prince George's County, you've got your answers. You can store that water, donate to charities or shelters or share with neighbors.

Water Restrictions Tonight For Parts Of Prince George's Co.

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- We have learned mandatory water restrictions will begin at 9 p.m. Tuesday in Prince George's County areas affected by a failing water main.

Officials say a significant portion of Prince George's County will be left without water for several days. The issue is due to a 54 inch water main that is beginning to fail and must be replaced.

The water main is set up with an acoustic monitoring system that can hear breaks in the pipe. WSSC says one more wire inside the pipeline broke overnight, however, the road to the pipe was finished overnight.

If you are wondering what a worst case scenario looks like, last time WUSA9 was at a water main break with this kind of same potential, it was March, along Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase. Water gushed as high as 30 feet, taking down trees and power lines, and adding to an already big inconvenience. 

How Did The Water Company Detect The PG Water Main Issue?

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Remember the huge water-main break in Rockville back in 2010? 

Who could forget the thousands of gallons of water gushing down, fittingly named, River Road? 

That's when the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) decided to spend millions of dollars to track weaknesses in the pipes, using fiber-optic technology. 

WSSC ran wires through all the pipes to track weak areas. 

They also put a sonar-type microphone in the pipes to roll through the system, listening for and tracking any cracks with sound. 

WUSA9's Bruce Leshan got a chance to see the technology firsthand and filed a report in the video above. 



FAME, the musical, is coming to the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va., reminiscent of the popular 80s’ TV show that engaged young teens throughout the United States. Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre (MPAT)’s ensemble cast will present on Aug. 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31st at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre in Lorton, Va. Tickets are available online for $20 general admission at www.metro-theatre.org. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more by contacting the box office at (703) 584-2900.

 “We’ve had a lot of fun preparing for FAME and we’re bringing out the best in our students, showcasing ‘triple-threat’ actors who shine in dance, singing and performance,” said Dan Stapula, artistic director of Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre of Alexandria, Va. and Lorton, Va.

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9)--- "I get to go home and make something to eat for you know my little ones," said Lamar Edmonds on his first trip to Food for Others. The non-profit organization distributes free food from its warehouse. Edmonds gets bread, a package of food along with milk and eggs. The items are a part of the Emergency Assistance Program.

Northern Virginia has about 90,000 people living in poverty. The number represents about 5 percent of the population in the area, according to the U.S. Census.

Free Summer Fun For The Family

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) - Summer officially begins today! Now that everyone is out of school, it's time to enjoy the summer. We've put together some fun free activities the whole family can enjoy.

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Power Companies Gearing Up for Thursday Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- Myra Oppel was sitting in her office at Pepco's Headquarters when the Derecho of 2012 hit. 

She watched as the power company's outages jumped from a few thousand to almost half a million. By the time it was all over, more than two-million people in Virginia, Maryland, and the District were in the dark, and it would take nearly two weeks before all the power was restored.

Almost a year later, Oppel met with WUSA9 to discuss what Pepco's doing to prepare for this latest round of storms.