OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- The popular National Harbor may look like a ghost town over the next few days, right during the height of the tourist season. The luxurious Gaylord Hotel along with the other hotels and restaurants will be shutdown for at least the next 3 to 5 days due to repairs on a large water main.
"You're kidding me?" That was the reaction from a woman attending a convention at the Gaylord Hotel this week as she learned about the coming water shutdown. It was even more of a shock to the hotels and restaurants at National Harbor.
Cake Love's Warren Brown saw the notice around noon that water service would stop come Thursday morning. "Water shortage, what are you taking about!" he recalled saying when he saw the information.
The National Harbor management sent out notices early explaining that the WSSC needed to repair a large water main and that water restrictions would begin at 9 p.m. Tuesday. That's the time time the water would be turned off, leaving only 12-15 hours of reserve.
Health department rules require restaurants to have running water with no water, they've got to close and so do the hotels. Hotels need water not only for drinking and sanitation, but also for fire prevention, refrigeration and the heating and cooling systems.
The Westin Hotel's general manager says they are telling their guests verbally and with letters that they have got to check out tomorrow morning.
National Harbor's operation manager Kent Digby said they were told they'd might not have water for 3-5 days and they would plan for the full five. Hotels and restaurants would have to close and not reopen until the weekend.
The Westin Hotel General Manager Salem Shaheen said the shutdown would certainly hurt business but that he was most concerned about the bride who has a wedding scheduled for Sunday.