DC-area agency overrun with calls about water main breaks

LAUREL, Md. (AP) -- There have been more than 200 water main breaks in two suburban Washington, D.C. counties since the current cold snap began about a week ago.

That's according to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which serves Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

The demand is so high, the agency says water storage levels fell Sunday and Monday. The commission says the system has since been stabilized and storage levels are normal.

When storage levels fall, water pressure for firefighting can become compromised and water can become unsanitary.

Since the beginning of February, the commission has responded to more than 330 water main breaks. The commission says more than 50 breaks still needed repairs as of Tuesday, when dozens of new calls came in as crews were already tied up with other repairs.

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