Every year dozens of water mains explode because of their age, disrupting service and buckling streets, and according to a recent report, the problem may be more serious than previously though.
The Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission says 1,700 buildings in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties are 80 feet away from some of the largest water mains in the system.
This could spell disaster if some of those old pipes burst, as we've seen happen; although so far, it hasn't been in those locations.
"We've asked the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission to work with the businesses that have an interest," says Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker. "It's always about safety and money that's going to be put in for the business perspective and from a public safety perspective."