WSSC Launches Annual Water Main Replacement Program

Ongoing program enhances service and reliability

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Laurel, Maryland – April 12, 2005: Beginning in spring, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will replace approximately 14 miles of water mains in communities throughout Montgomery and Prince George's counties. The annual replacement program targets older cast iron mains, which were commonly used until the mid-1970s, and replaces them with ductile iron pipes. The new pipes are lined with cement mortar to protect against corrosion. In addition to age, WSSC analyzes failures and maintenance history in determining which mains to replace.

"Over the next six years, we will invest approximately $180 million to replace 150 miles of water mains throughout Montgomery and Prince George's counties," said WSSC General Manager Andy Brunhart.

WSSC crews and skilled contractors are ready to begin replacing water mains over the next several months in the following areas: Breewood Manor (2,006 ft.), College Park (7,360 ft.), Cottage City (10,300 ft.), Forest Estates (3,250 ft.), Glen Echo (6,913 ft.), Good Luck Estate (2,640 ft.), Hyattsville (6,651 ft.), Kensington (7,200 ft.), Montgomery Village (3,055 ft.), New Carrollton (4,540 ft.), North Bethesda (2,825 ft.), Prince George's Plaza (1,681 ft.), Suitland (4,858 ft.), Washington Grove (1,773 ft.), Wheaton (9,140 ft.), and White Oak (864 ft.).

During the replacement work, daytime lane closures will occur along streets in these areas. Flagpersons, cones, signs and traffic barrels will alert and guide motorists through work zones. Some nighttime work also may take place along state highways.

Serving a 1,000-square-mile area, WSSC maintains more than 5,300 miles of water mains ranging in size from 1 inch to 96 inches in diameter.

To report water or sewer emergency, customers may call WSSC's 24-hour Emergency Response number at (301) 206-4002 or 1-800-634-8400.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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