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Water Advisory Issued for P.G. County

WI Web Staff | 9/3/2014, 8:50 a.m.
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission issued a precautionary boil-water advisory Wednesday for several Prince George's County towns amid concerns of ...
**FILE** Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission workers restore water to a Largo, Md., neighborhood off New Orchard Drive. (Courtesy of Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission)

​The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission issued a precautionary boil-water advisory Wednesday for several Prince George's County towns amid concerns of harmful bacteria or other harmful microorganisms in tap water.

The advisory was issued for Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Mt. Rainier, Cheverly, Chillum, Edmonston, Landover Hills, Glenarden, Fairmount Heights, Seat Pleasant and Brentwood. It is anticipated to remain in effect for two days.

During the advisory, residents are urged not to serve or consume tap water, or ice and drinks made with tap water that hasn't been properly disinfected. Bottled water and ice purchased from an approved source is recommended for use in food service establishments and nursing homes.

Other restrictions/recommendations:

• Do not wash food that is to be served raw with water that has not been properly disinfected.

• Disinfect water for the possible presence of harmful bacteria or other harmful micro organisms by boiling tap water at a rolling boil for a minimum of 1 minute, distilling or filtering through a reverse osmosis filter, using an “absolute 1 micron” filter

• Sanitize food contact surfaces of equipment, dishes and utensils by:

  • Immersing in hot water of 170 degrees F or higher temperature for at least 30 seconds
  • Use of a chemical sanitizer
  • Chlorine at a concentration of 50 parts per million with a minimum water temperature of 75 degrees F for a minimum of 7 seconds
  • Iodine at a concentration of 12.5-25 parts per million with a minimum water temperature of 75 degrees F for a minimum of 7 seconds.
  • Commercial dish washers that use hot water sanitation of at least 160 degrees F

• Empty all ice machines and ice storage bins and discard the ice. Turn off ice machine so that no new ice is produced.

When the advisory is rescinded, residents are recommended to:

• Re-start and flush any water-using fixture

• Drain any refill water-holding reservoirs such as the hot water heater.

• Run each water faucet for 1 minute before using the water

• Run drinking water fountains for 1 minute before using the water

For ice makers:

• Flush the water line to the machine inlet; disconnect the water line from the machine inlet; run 5 gallons of water thought the valve and dispose of the water

• Flush the water lines in the machine

• Make ice for 1 hour and dispose of the ice

• Clean and disinfect all parts and surfaces that come in contact with water and ice

Contact the Food Protection Program for more information at 301-883-7690 (after hours) or visit princegeorgescountymd.gov.