WSSC Prepares for Storm Arrival

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – October 26, 2012: As Hurricane Sandy heads toward our region, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is taking precautions to ensure our facilities and staff are ready to maintain service to our customers.

Some of the steps we are taking include:

  • Making sure water distribution system is full 
  • Moving portable equipment into place, including generators
  • Fueling vehicles and fuel storage containers
  • Topping off chemical storage tanks
  • Stocking additional emergency supplies
  • Critical personnel have been alerted to be at our facilities as long as necessary
  • Employees at these critical locations are making sure they have adequate food/water/supplies and sleeping arrangements should they need to stay on duty for a prolonged period of time

Because our water reservoir levels are low, we don’t anticipate the need to release water from the dams.  However, high winds coupled with the amount of leaves still on trees could result in severe and possibly prolonged power outages to our major facilities. WSSC is working with the counties and utilities to coordinate preparedness.

"Although the WSSC staff is accustomed to dealing with water and sewer issues during all kinds of extreme weather, we are taking the forecasts very seriously that Hurricane Sandy could strike our region in the coming days and making the additional preparations,"  said Production Team Chief Jay Price, who coordinates WSSC’s emergency preparations and response.“Regardless of the weather, we will do everything possible and take every precaution to provide clean, safe drinking water with minimal disruption.”

Should problems arise, WSSC will provide updates on our website, through local media and social media, including the WSSC Mobile App.

We recommend having extra water on hand; at least a gallon a day per person (more if you have pets) should the storm hit. You can fill clean containers with WSSC tap water.  Containers with tight lids are best.

Check out our Facebook page for other tips on preparing for unusual weather.

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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