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Water restrictions in effect in Maryland's Prince George county

Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 | 1:12 PM ET
Osman Raul restocks drinking water at Jumbo Foods International Supermarket in Temple Hills, MD on July 16, 2013.
Linda Davidson | The Washington Post | Getty Images
Osman Raul restocks drinking water at Jumbo Foods International Supermarket in Temple Hills, MD on July 16, 2013.

Emergency services and local volunteers of Prince George's Country, Md., are preparing for a blistering heat wave. Their preparations include urging local residents to fill up bathtubs with water to flush toilets, stock up on gallon water, and avoid the washing machine.

The abnormal instructions are due to the fact that residents of Prince George's and surrounding areas—home to between 150,000 and 200,000 people—will have no access to city water for three to five days.

The coming drought is a result of emergency orders to repair a large water main that serves much of the area. The orders were announced Monday and repairs are expected to begin within days.

Read more about the county doing the unthinkable as temperatures soar here.

By Jeffrey Kagan, special to CNBC

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