***MEDIA ADVISORY*** WSSC Briefs Council Committee On 60-Inch Water Main Break
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – April 8, 2013: General Manager Jerry N. Johnson and WSSC senior staff members briefed the Montgomery County Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee today on the break of a 60-inch water main March 18 in Chevy Chase. The briefing also included an update on WSSC’s program to inspect Prestressed Cylinder Concrete Pipe (PCCP) and install Acoustic Fiber Optic Monitoring (AFO). The main failed without the usual warning provided by the snapping of prestresed steel wires in the pipe which is picked up by the AFO. A forensic investigation and analysis to determine the cause of the pipe’s failure in expected to be complete by June.
WSSC also responded to questions about its inspection program, what changes may have to be made when checking out leaks near large transmission mains, and ways to speed up the inspection and repair process of large water mains so their “down time” is minimal.
WSSC’s presentation is available online. Video of the hearing and presentation will be available on the Montgomery County 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.