*** MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPPORTUNITY *** WSSC to Detail Winter Weather Preparations

Broken Water Pipe Fix Demonstration, Maintenance Trucks, Heavy Equipment

| Media Advisory



Laurel – October 27, 2014: Winter is fast approaching and WSSC is ready! This coming Thursday, October 30, from 10 – 11 a.m., WSSC will hold a special winter prep media event at our Anacostia Depot, 3500 Kenilworth Avenue in Hyattsville. We will showcase the Commission’s plan to respond to the hundreds of water main breaks and leaks expected to occur this winter.
The combination of cold snaps and aging infrastructure creates a perfect recipe for water main breaks. This past January alone, during the Polar Vortex, WSSC saw 595 water main breaks and leaks, a significant number given that we saw a total of 1,238 in all of 2012 and 1,691 in 2013.
Media is invited to talk to the WSSC staff in charge of our winter weather preparations and see a demonstration of what it takes to fix a typical break. 
VISUALS:       Demonstration of typical break repairs. Warehouse yard full of maintenance trucks and stack of pipe as backdrop for interviews with WSSC staff.  Signs with WSSC-related winter weather facts and information.
WHAT:            WSSC Winter Weather Media Briefing/Photo Op
WHO:              Jerry N. Johnson, General Manager and CEO Maintenance Crew Members
WHEN:            Thursday, October 30, 2014, 10 – 11 a.m., Rain or Shine.
WHERE:          WSSC Anacostia Depot, 3500 Kenilworth Avenue, Hyattsville, MD
DIRECTIONS:  Upon arrival at 3500 Kenilworth Avenue, follow signs back towards rear portion of the Anacostia warehouse yard.

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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