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.