WSSC Commissioners Approve $7 Million to Improve Water Infrastructure
Projects Continue WSSC’s Commitment to Provide Safe, Clean, Reliable Drinking Water
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel, Md. – July 19, 2017 – WSSC commissioners today approved two construction contracts totaling $7 million to improve drinking water infrastructure in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. These contracts underscore WSSC’s clean water mission by replacing aging water mains in the Beltsville area of Prince George’s County and installing a new elevated water storage tank in the Clarksburg area of Montgomery County.
“For nearly 100 years, WSSC has provided safe drinking water that meets or exceeds strict federal standards,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “These two projects underscore our commitment to replace aging infrastructure and meet the safe drinking water needs of our customers for another century.”
The approved contracts include:
Powder Mill Road Water Main Replacement – $2.8 Million
- WSSC will replace and relocate 2.7 miles of water main and 0.8 miles of water house connections along Powder Mill Road in Beltsville. The new water mains will be zinc-coated ductile iron pipe wrapped in a protective coating, giving the pipes a life expectancy of at least 100 years. WSSC was the first utility in the country to use this innovative pipe material. The project extends from Riggs Road to Beltsville Drive. Work is expected to begin this fall, weather permitting.
Clarksburg Elevated Water Storage Facility - $4.3 Million
- WSSC will build a new one-million-gallon elevated water storage tank in Clarksburg. The project also includes construction of storm water management facilities, an access road and associated site work. Construction is expected to begin this fall, weather permitting.
WSSC will invest nearly $2 billion over the next six years (FY 2018 – FY 2023) to upgrade buried assets. Approximately 40 percent of WSSC’s water and sewer mains are more than 50 years old. WSSC is making progress addressing aging infrastructure by replacing approximately 61 miles of water mains and 20 miles of sewer mains each year, which equates to 150-200 active construction projects throughout both counties. WSSC also invests $6 million per year to rehabilitate water storage tanks.
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WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.