***PHOTO OPPORTUNITY*** WSSC Providing Tour INSIDE of Bi-County Water Tunnel Wednesday May 14th Brings Visitors 160 Feet Below Surface to View 7 Foot Tall Pipe

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – May 12, 2014: WSSC is inviting the media and dignitaries from both Prince George’s and Montgomery counties to tour its Bi-County Water Tunnel at a special event on Wednesday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Kensington. The event will run in an “open-house format” and the media is encouraged to arrive at 9:30 to attend a mandatory safety briefing and maximize the amount of time available in the tunnel.

A construction crane will lower visitors in a secured cage down the 160-foot shaft into the 5.3 mile-long tunnel. Prior to being sent down, WSSC will provide visitors the appropriate safety gear (helmet, vest and glasses.) Everyone visiting the work site is required to wear this gear, must sign waivers and attend a safety briefing; safety boots or work shoes are encouraged. There are no exceptions to these rules.

WHAT:
Tour of Bi-County Water Tunnel

WHEN:
9:30 a.m. - Noon

WHERE:
9200 Kensington Parkway
Kensington, MD*

Work on this project began in the summer of 2009 and is expected to be complete and operational in 2015. Once the pipe is in service, the 160 foot shaft will be filled in and covered. Access to the pipe for future maintenance will be located at either end of the pipe. 
 
* This is the only entrance available for non-construction vehicles.

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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