Sometimes even Amercans near the “world’s capital” have to boil their water

I’m not one to enjoy other people’s suffering, but something about seeing Americans enjoy what is normal for us gives me just a little a bit of satisfaction.

Tens of thousands of people in central Prince George’s County homes, schools and businesses remained under a boiled water advisory yesterday as the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission worked to determine whether nearby construction or aging pipes caused the break in a water main Saturday.

Tests on water samples taken from the 39-square-mile area affected by the break came back negative for contamination. If a second round of tests shows no contamination today, the advisory will be lifted, commission spokesman Mike McGill said.

Meanwhile, 16 schools in the affected area scurried to procure bottled water for their students. The county jail also brought in bottles for its inmates. Signs at the county administration building in Upper Marlboro urged employees to boil their water at home and bring it to work. The break on Central Avenue near Capital Beltway also affected the county courthouse; school board headquarters; the Boulevard at Capital Centre shopping center; several strip malls; at least three senior citizen homes; and a hospital, officials said.

“They instructed us that if we were going to use the water, we had to boil it,” said Carla Bowens, a family consumer sciences teacher at Largo High School. “We were going to make cookies today, but I just suspended my lab. I just didn’t want to take any risks with the students, and it’s too dangerous and time-consuming to boil all that water.”

Hundreds of cases of water were delivered for students, cafeteria workers boiled water for food preparation and water fountains were cordoned off and signs posted warning students and staff to refrain from using them, schools spokesman John White said.

At the jail, “we brought in 3,000 bottles of water to take care of the inmates, then we’ll . . .

Washington Post – Water Tests Continue

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