WSSC Prepares for Potentially Damaging Storm

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, MD– June 12, 2013: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has completed all necessary storm preparations in advance of a storm system forecasted to hit the region tonight and tomorrow (Thursday, June 13). In addition, as a safety precaution, WSSC’s recreation areas on the watershed around the Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs will be closed tomorrow.

Summer storms do not typically increase the number of water main breaks in our system. However, to maintain the safety of our workforce, WSSC might need to delay some repairs to water mains until after the storm. This could mean a longer service disruption than normal.

In preparation of the forecasted storm, WSSC has:

• Filled our water distribution system to capacity
• Filled the chemical storage tanks necessary to maintain water quality
• “Topped off” the fuel tanks of all vehicles
• Placed additional staff for our Control Center, Emergency Dispatch Center, as well as maintenance crews at work on standby.

WSSC is also closely monitoring the level of both the Brighton and Duckett Dams. We are currently lowering the level of the reservoirs by opening gates at the Duckett Dam in anticipation of the forecasted rain. WSSC will monitor water levels throughout the storm and is in regular contact with the City of Laurel on this matter.

We will provide updates on our website, through local media and on Facebook and Twitter (those without power to their home can still check social media on their handheld devices.)

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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