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Crews are replacing sections of a broken water main in Potomac, Md.
Rebecca Sheir
Crews are replacing sections of a broken water main in Potomac, Md.

By Rebecca Sheir

A day after a broken pipe spewed water nearly 70 feet above a neighborhood in Potomac, Maryland, work to repair the water main continues.

Restrictions on water use are expected to be in place through the end of the week.

Phyllis Marcuccio, the mayor of Rockville, says her town uses what she calls a "tremendous" amount of water.

"And now, with these overheated days, people are using twice as much," she adds.

But that's changing, says Craig Simoneau, Rockville's Director of Public Works, now that the city is restricting outdoor water use.

"And that means no washing cars, no watering lawns, no filling swimming pools," he says.

Residents are being asked to limit their indoor use by a third.

"So, shorter showers, full loads of dishes and laundry - or avoid laundry if you can at all," Simoneau suggests.

Mandatory water restrictions are nothing new for residents of Rockville. A six-day measure was just lifted Tuesday morning.


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