WSSC GM Testifies at Senate Subcommittee Hearing
Highlighted Utilities’ Commitment to Sustainability and Efficiency
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – December 2, 2014: WSSC GM/CEO Jerry Johnson testified about the importance of innovation and sustainability for water and wastewater utilities this morning during a hearing of the United States Senate Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife.
“For the utilities of the future, not going green is not an option,” stated Johnson.
Johnson highlighted WSSC’s strategic priority of sustainability and its commitment to “Go Green” as evidenced by:
- A proposed Bio-Energy project to generate energy from sewage;
- Paperless customer billing, payment and e-permitting options;
- An innovative mobile app; and
- A 20-year Greenhouse Gas Action Plan to reduce emissions by 10 percent every 5 years, including the implementation of wind and solar power.
For more on WSSC’s Greenhouse Gas Action Plan, visit wsscwater.com/greenenergy.
Additionally Johnson pointed to the utility’s efforts toward increased fiscal efficiency and stability in the face of decreased revenue and supporting consumer conservation. The GM/CEO cited these challenges to replacing critical infrastructure, keeping rates affordable to all consumers and providing quality service.
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works invited Johnson to testify at the hearing entitled, “Innovation and the Utilities of the Future: How Local Water Treatment Facilities are Leading the Way to Better Manage Wastewater and Water Supplies.” The hearing included a live broadcast.
The purpose of this Senate Subcommittee hearing is to discuss recent innovations made by water utilities to improve water and energy efficiency, recapture and reuse resources, reduce water usage and employ natural treatment techniques to provide better service to rate paying customers.
Review a copy of Johnson’s testimony.
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.