MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: WSSC is Winter Ready

See What it Takes to Close a Valve and Repair a Broken Water Main, Maintenance Trucks and Heavy Equipment Also on Display

| Media Advisory

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – November 9, 2015: Aging infrastructure plus cold weather equals an increase in water main breaks. That’s a fact, and that’s why WSSC is winter ready.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 10, from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., WSSC will hold a special demonstration for the media at our Anacostia Depot, 3500 Kenilworth Avenue in Hyattsville. Learn about the Commission’s plan to respond to the hundreds of water main breaks expected this winter and watch a demonstration of a valve being closed and a pipe being repaired.

WSSC maintains 5,647 miles of water mains and a total of 65,022 valves. More than a third of the Commission’s water mains are over 50 years old and the valves required to close those mains are often equally as old.

WHAT: WSSC Winter Weather Media Briefing/Photo Op

WHEN: Tuesday, November 10, 9:30 a.m. – 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 to rear portion of the Anacostia warehouse yard. 

VISUALS: Demonstration of valve being closed followed by a typical water main break repair. Warehouse yard full of maintenance trucks plus a backdrop of pipes, valves, fire hydrants and other equipment.

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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