WSSC Hosts Open House at Damascus Wastewater Treatment Plant

Learn How WSSC Protects the Environment by Treating Your Wastewater

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Damascus Wastewater Treatment PlantLaurel – April 22, 2013: You’d think it’s a job that really stinks. But treating sewage involves cutting edge technology, state-of-the-art engineering and highly skilled workers. Watch and learn at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s (WSSC) special behind-the-scenes tour of its Damascus Wastewater Treatment Plant. Tours will be conducted this Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part WSSC’s ongoing Earth Month activities.

The University of Maryland Master Gardeners also will be on hand to educate residents about environmentally friendly gardening and landscaping practices.

WHAT:
FREE wastewater treatment plant tour for the general public.

WHEN:
Saturday, April 27, 2013
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:
Damascus Wastewater Treatment Plant
23730 Log House Road,
Damascus, MD

Built in 1998, the Damascus Wastewater Treatment Plant has won the Platinum Peak Performance Award by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) for 12 years in a row. To receive this award, a plant must achieve 100 percent compliance with its National Pollution Discharge system (NPDES) permit for five years in a row. In fact, the Damascus Plant has never encountered a NPDES violation in its 12-year history.

Tour Safety: Treatment plants are functioning industrial sites in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sturdy, closed shoes, socks, long pants or long skirts are recommended for both your safety and comfort. Flip-flops, sandals, clogs and open-toed shoes are not advisable.

For more information about the tour, contact Deborah Connors at 301-206-7900 or dconnor@wsscwater.com.

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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