Washington suburb may avoid water outages


OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Officials in suburban Washington say they've made adjustments to keep water flowing during urgent water main repairs and hundreds of thousands of residents may not lose water service for days after all.

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission General Manager Jerry Johnson announced Wednesday afternoon that workers were able to divert water to the area of southern Prince George's County served by a failing water main and if residents continue to conserve water, the system should remain full.

He says mandatory restrictions will remain in place for a few days until the 4 ½-foot main is returned to service.

Officials first got alerts Friday from a warning system that the pipe was failing. Additional warnings over the weekend and Monday forced repairs. County officials urged residents to stock up on water before the work began.