WSSC to Revise Portions of the Pipeline Design Manual

Public Hearing Scheduled for June 6, 2012

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Laurel – May 24, 2012: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to its Pipeline Design Manual. The changes are designed to protect public safety, and relate to the required minimum horizontal separation, or setback, between large diameter water mains and new structures.

Revisions were first proposed in February 2011, and then modified after discussions with industry stakeholders and a workgroup of public agencies. The proposed changes, a position paper with an executive summary, reports and background information can all be viewed online directly or by going to and looking under Hot Topics.

The hearing will take place June 6, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Commission’s auditorium at WSSC’s headquarters, located at 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707. Speakers will be limited to three minutes.


Individuals may sign up to speak either at the hearing or in advance by contacting David Venanzi at and providing both your name and the organization you represent. If you choose not to speak, written comments will be accepted until Thursday, June 7, 2012 and should be forwarded to: David Venanzi, Civil Engineering Support Unit Coordinator, WSSC Technical Services Group, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707 or by email to


A limited number of hard copies of the revised Design Manual changes are available at the WSSC Office of Communications and Community Relations.


After reviewing comments, WSSC intends to submit the revised changes to WSSC Commissioners for approval at their June 20th meeting. 

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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