2:30 p.m. Update: Leak Found in 54” Transmission Main in Chevy Chase

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Laurel – March 26, 2013: WSSC crews have located a leak in a pipe joint in a 54” transmission main near 3217 Coquelin Terrace in Chevy Chase and are making plans to repair it. There is no estimate on how long it may take.

The leaking pipe is connected to the 60” main that failed last Monday night near Connecticut Avenue and Chevy Chase Lake Drive, and is about 1.2 miles from that break.

A resident reported a leak to our dispatch center yesterday. At first, the leak was thought to be in a relief valve, but a closer look confirmed the leak was in the transmission main itself. WSSC workers have isolated a portion of the pipeline for repairs. No one is without water, and there is no need for mandatory water restrictions.

An emergency contractor is standing by to begin making repairs.

The 54” main does have acoustic fiber optic (AFO) monitoring installed, but AFO is not designed to detect a leak like this. It detects the “snapping” of steel wires embedded in the pipe that would signal that a pipe is distressed.

We thank the resident who called in the leak. We often receive help from the public in reporting small and out of the way leaks.

And please call us first when you spot a water issue. The number is 301-206-4002. We also invite you to download WSSC Mobile for your smartphone. You can use it to report a problem. You can even take a picture of it that will go directly to our dispatch center. You can also receive alerts on the app.

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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