***MEDIA ADVISORY*** WSSC and NPS to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Offshore Submerged Intake in Potomac River

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – July 30, 2013: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) and the National Park Service (NPS) will host a public meeting to share information regarding WSSC's proposed submerged Potomac River intake. The open house will be Thursday, August 1, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Potomac Elementary School, 10311 River Road, Potomac, MD.

WSSC is conducting a feasibility study of a submerged Potomac River intake for water supply to the Potomac Water Filtration Plant (WFP). The Potomac WFP produces approximately three-quarters of the water used by 1.8 million customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. WSSC is not seeking increased water withdrawals from the river, but is seeking higher quality source water from an alternate location. Previous studies recommend and support this evaluation of an alternate offshore intake location.

Some components of the Potomac WFP are located within the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park, which requires WSSC to obtain a Special Use Permit from NPS to build an offshore intake. To examine and evaluate the impact to Park resources, NPS is initiating an environmental assessment of the proposal prior to the issuance of a construction Special Use Permit.

WHAT:Public meeting to discuss study of a submerged offshore intake at WSSC's Potomac Water Filtration Plant (WFP)

WHEN:Thursday, August 1, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Potomac Elementary School, 10311 River Road, Potomac MD

Feasibility studies on this project began in 2003, but in 2006 finalization of the environmental assessment was deferred and the study was subsequently expanded to consider operational information from other mid-river intakes that was not previously available. WSSC formally re-initiated revision and finalization of the feasibility study in March 2013. For more information on this project, please visit our website.

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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