WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Pr. George's County Residents Advised To Boil Water Before Use

Play associated audio

Click here for the latest on this story.

A boil-water advisory is out for nearly half of all Prince George's County residents after a massive water main break that shut down a portion of the Beltway.

The 54-inch main break pumped millions of gallons of water onto the Capital Beltway Monday morning before crews were able to close the water valves.

Officials say the break caused a loss of pressure in the county's water system and that could have allowed contamination. As a result, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is issuing a boil-water order for nearly 500,000 customers.

They're advising people to boil water that's used for drinking, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation -- also water used by pets.

Officials say they'll lift the ban when they can confirm water quality tests.

NPR

'Daisy Is An Animal': Jennifer Jason Leigh On Her Comeback In 'The Hateful Eight'

Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is back in the spotlight with an Oscar nomination for her role as a murderous woman in the movie The Hateful Eight. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with her about being cast by Quentin Tarantino.
NPR

Buy Crop Insurance, Double Your Money

The nation's crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one prominent economist. And it's rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.
NPR

South Carolina Voters Likely To Play Major Role In Sorting Out GOP Race

The next big Republican primary is just over a week from now in South Carolina, which has a strong track record for picking the eventual winner. The state also has a history of dirty politics.
NPR

Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.