Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens imposed mandatory water restrictions in portions of northern Anne Arundel yesterday as repairs continued on a 42-inch water main that ruptured in Glen Burnie on Saturday evening.
"We may have held off a little bit if we were not facing this intense heat but we know water usage goes up when it's this hot," Owens said. "And we just want to make sure everybody has water."
Residents in parts of Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Curtis Bay and Orchard Beach are to stop all outdoor water use - such as watering lawns and washing cars - until the broken pipe has been replaced, said Ronald E. Bowen, the county's director of public works. The ban affects people using public system water in ZIP codes 21226 (in Curtis Bay and Orchard Beach), 21060 (Glen Burnie east of Ritchie Highway) and 21122 (Pasadena north of Route 100).
At least 3 million gallons were lost when the water main burst on Marley Neck Boulevard near Fort Smallwood Road about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, public works officials said.
"It was very geyser-like, 20 to 25 feet in the air," said Division Chief Stuart D. McNicol, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. "Normally, there would be a great deal of pressure in there."
Water has been restored to affected areas, but flows will remain reduced until the damaged pipe is repaired, Bowen said. Thousands of residential and commercial users were without water until late Saturday night, county officials said.
Conservation was also urged for indoor usage, to ensure adequate water for firefighters and health facilities. The Public Works Department will monitor water levels hourly at area storage tanks.
Bowen said concrete pipe materials are expected to arrive by tomorrow, with repairs to be made by Wednesday. He expressed concern about the effect hot weather will have on water use in the meantime.
The cause of the rupture had not been determined.
Unrelated mandatory water restrictions remain in effect in western Anne Arundel. Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Curtis Bay and Orchard Beach had been under voluntary restrictions since May 3.