Pipe repair may leave 200K without water in Maryland

OXON HILL, Md. - Officials in one Maryland county say at least 200,000 residents could temporarily be without water so that a pipe can be repaired, with temperatures expected to reach the mid-90s over the next few days.

Mandatory water restrictions began late Tuesday in several communities in Prince George's County just outside Washington. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says water is expected to stay off for three to five days while it repairs a failing section of a 4-½-foot water main. Officials say the restrictions will help preserve firefighting capabilities and provide water for part of the first day.

County spokesman Scott Peterson says officials are opening reception centers where people can shower, use the bathroom and get drinking water.

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