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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

So Glad That I Live In Northern Virginia!

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

Not in Prince George's County, Maryland! Please note some of the comments, which assert that certain aspects of WTOP's story are misleading.

What a time to shut off the water for 3-5 days, huh?


  1. Hmm... Prince George's County is going to be a tad aromatic, I think.

  2. The OUTAGE is an OUTRAGE.

    There could be no possible excuse for such a thing. Public moneys diverted to WRONG places could be the only explanation. And you know what I mean by "wrong" places!

    God in Heaven!

  3. I heard on the noon news that PG County is now not turning the water off on this sweltering day.

  4. Sometimes these things cannot be helped. It is July, power outages can be expected and I suppose water outages too. Most people these days surely have a few bottles of water in stock in their kitchen cabinet. If not this should be a good warning for them to stock up. If they can't afford to buy a few bottles of water then they can store and save their own water.

    Right Truth

  5. Debbie,

    I've lived for SEVENTY-TWO years and three months in locations as far apart as New York, Illinois, Virginia, Delaware, Florida, Vermont and New Hampshire, and I have never even HEARD of any city, town, village or hamlet shutting off its WATER supply.

    This kind of thing only happens in THIRD WORLD countries -- a lowly status Obama, his Communist Colleagues and The Oligarchs, who own, operate and ride high above us all, are desperately seeking for this once-great nation.

    If you do store water, be sure not to put it in plastic
    containers. Chemicals leech out of the plastic over time and poison the water. Also, water may be kept for a very limited time before it stagnates and becomes impotable.

    It's probably safer to store canned soda and canned fruit juice. Cans are safer than plastic bottles.

    I still think any interruption in the PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY is UNCONSCIONABLE, with the possible exceptions of suffering armed attack by a foreign power or a natural disaster such as an earthquake destroying pipelines, etc.

    Water outages are just anther disgusting and discouraging sign of the times we live in.

  6. The PG County powers that be did not see fit to give enough notice even though they knew full well when the outage could occur.

    Anyway, now we read THIS. The word came too late for many facilities: hotels, restaurants, hospitals, various shops, the National Harbor, Andrews Air Force Base, etc.

    Temperatures here in the D.C. area are setting records for this time of year: The hot gets hotter in D.C., record high nighttime temperature matched, more like August than July.

    I went to the swimming pool today, but couldn't manage to stay long. Too hot! And the water is no longer refreshing. I swam a few laborious laps and went home. The older I get the less that I can tolerate the oppressive heat.

  7. FT,
    PG County is notorious for mismanagement, graft, etc. See THIS" 9 more arrested in Prince George's corruption probe."

    Brief excerpt:

    The nine suspects were arrested three days after County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and his wife were led from their home in handcuffs, accused of evidence-tampering in a probe of sweetheart land deals. Federal officials say the arrests are all connected.

    "This case and Friday's are among a series of related investigations," said Rod J. Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney for Maryland. He was referring to Monday's roundup of suspects and the arrests of the Johnsons on Friday, when the executive's wife allegedly flushed a $100,000 check down a toilet in their home and tried to hide $79,600 in cash in her bra as FBI agents knocked at the door of their home with a search warrant....

  8. FT,
    Water stored in plastic cannot be stored safely for more than 6 months.

  9. Of course, one of the big concerns was what to with about the flushing of toilets. Yes, people should fill their bathtubs with water to use for flushing toilets only as necessary. However, now many bathtubs do not come with a plug that actually seals the water in.

  10. Sounds like the weather is as bad as it is here (I hate this weather).

    From reading the article it wasn't clear what failed but it reads as if they caught a problem before the main line ruptured. Remember one that let go in the suburbs here and folks were down for a lot more than 3 days.

  11. Same heat in PA, 99 here today. Glad I have a well, but that only works when the power is on. Last fall in the aftermath of Sandy the electricity was out for just shy of a week so nothing worked here except the wood stove and the barbecue grill.

  12. Glad you don't live there either.

  13. Towns and cities tend to defer maintenance on their water system until something goes wrong. In this case the water department engineers probably knew that if a certain main was taken out of action, then they would have a real problem.

    Having been an engineer at a public utility, I know that those guys are well aware of those kind of vulnerabilities.

    It sounds like this was the main system feed for a large population. To build redundancy into a system like that takes tens of millions of dollars. Political leaders tend to shy away from those kind of improvements because the average citizen has no visibility of the improvement, except higher water bills.

    Prince Georges county has no choice but to blame themselves. The voters there should remember.


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