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WSSC working on new water main break in Hyattsville

8:47 AM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- WSSC has another water main headache to deal with Friday morning, this time in Hyattsville.

Jerry Irvine, spokesman for Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, says a 12-inch main broke on Adelphi Road near Belcrest Road in Hyattsville overnight. Water gushed from the broken pipe into the roadway, effectively shutting down northbound traffic in the area.

Water flow to the main has since been shut down, and WSSC crews are getting to work on the problem that is affecting approximately 37 customers in the area.  Repairs are not expected to be completed until the end of the work day.

Some travel lanes of Adelphi Road have reopened, leaving one portion of the far right northbound lane blocked by cones in immediate area of the break.

WSSC has already had a hectic week, starting Monday when we learned a 54-inch water main in Forestville was in need of emergency repairs after equipment detected signs of an immanent break. As hundreds of thousands of customers faced the threat of a potential water service interruption during the first serious heat wave of the Summer, an 11th-hour heroic effort by a few WSSC workers diverted water from the weakened pipe, keeping water flowing with some restrictions still in effect.

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