Public Safety & Justice

Water Shut-Off Averted in Maryland County

With more than 100,000 people on the brink of losing water, a couple of utility workers burrowed in on a long-shot fix. Their unlikely repair of a 48-year-old water valve was heralded Wednesday as a near miracle that averted a human and economic catastrophe for Prince George’s County. It also has led to questions about whether the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission could have been more open with the people it serves.
July 18, 2013

With more than 100,000 people on the brink of losing water, a couple of utility workers burrowed in on a long-shot fix .

Their unlikely repair of a 48-year-old water valve was heralded Wednesday as a near miracle that averted a human and economic catastrophe for Prince George’s County. It also has led to questions about whether the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission could have been more open with the people it serves.

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