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Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 3:31pm
Last updated: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 6:41pm

The Charles County Department of Public Works (DPW) is issuing a precautionary Boil Water Advisory to residents of Strawberry Hills area. We have no reason to believe water is unsafe, but to be in the full compliance with Maryland regulations, a Boil Water advisory is issued.


Strawberry Hills’s water distribution system lost pressure on Tuesday, March 3rd, due to a water line break. Contaminants may have been introduced into the water distribution system due to this loss of water pressure.  Charles County water operators are on site fixing the problem.  Because of the potential contamination of the drinking water in the distribution system, DPW recommends that customers served by this water system, boil the water used for cooking and drinking purposes until further notice. Once the water pressure comes back up, you are advised to bring the water to a rolling boil for at least one (1) minute, which is sufficient to ensure the water is safe to use for cooking and drinking.  The water should be cooled before use to prevent burns or scalding.  Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, making drinks, and food preparation until further notice.

We expect the advisory to be in effect less than 48 hours.  The advisory will remain in effect until testing justifies lifting the advisory.  The water is safe to use for bathing and washing without boiling.  DPW also recommends that any ice made during the past 24 hours be discarded.  Once the water system is restored, some residents may experience water discoloration. Please run the water from the lowest faucet in the house, until water becomes clear.

Department of Public Works is prepared to implement our long term pipe replacement solution to minimize water line breaks in the future, and keep disruptions to a minimum, as soon as conditions permit.

For more information, residents should call the Charles County Department of Public Works at 301-609-7400, the Charles County Health Department at 301-609-6751, or the Maryland Department of Environment at 410-537- 3706.