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100K Md. residents affected by water main break

HYATTSVILLE — Officials say about 100,000 residents in Prince George’s County should boil their water before drinking it following a water main break.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says the residents are under a precautionary water-boil advisory until sometime Thursday or Friday. The advisory was issued Tuesday after a 59-year-old water main broke in Hyattsville.

Commission spokeswoman Lyn Riggins says when a water system loses pressure, there’s an increased risk of contamination. But she said Wednesday that there’s been no evidence of contamination so far since the break.

The commission is advising residents to boil their water before drinking it, brushing their teeth, washing dishes, making ice or preparing food.

Affected residents live in Hyattsville, Bladensburg, Mount Rainier, Cheverly, Chillum, Edmonston, Landover Hills, Glen Arden, Fairmount Heights, Seat Pleasant and Brentwood.