WSSC Commissioners Approve Three Major Construction Contracts

Upcoming Projects Underscore Commitment to Infrastructure Investment

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, MD – June 21, 2017: WSSC’s Commissioners approved three contracts today that will ensure WSSC continues to meet the increased demand for water and sewer service throughout our service area.

The approval of these contracts demonstrates WSSC’s commitment to providing clean, safe, reliable drinking water to our increasing customer base. The approved contracts include:

Georgia Avenue Water Main Replacement Project – $7.6 Million

  • WSSC will be replacing and relocating approximately 2.1 miles of water mains on Georgia Avenue/MD Route 97, with zinc-coated ductile iron pipe. Construction will take place on Georgia Avenue and is expected to begin August 2017 and continue through Spring 2018, weather permitting.

Colesville Road Transmission Water Main Replacement - $3.4 Million

  • WSSC will be replacing and relocating approximately 1.88 miles of 20-inch water main on Colesville Road/MD Route 29, with new zinc-coated ductile iron pipe. The project will take place from Georgia Avenue to the entrance of the Beltway and is expected to begin July 2017 and continue through Spring 2019, weather permitting.

Water and Sewer House Connection Construction – $1.7 Million

  • This one-year contract extension awarded to City Contractors is to finance the installation of water and sewer house connections for newly constructed homes throughout WSSC’s service area.

The two contracts for projects in Silver Spring will replace aging infrastructure on Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue. New water mains will be installed to reduce the frequency of water main breaks. WSSC encourages drivers to plan accordingly for any lane closures and other traffic interruptions that will occur as a result of these construction projects. The third contract focuses on installing new water and sewer house connections throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s County.

Each year, WSSC replaces 61 miles of water mains and 20 miles of sewer mains, which equates to 150 - 200 active construction projects throughout both counties. WSSC recently became the first utility in the country to use zinc-coated, ductile iron water pipe wrapped in a protective coating to help them last at least 100 years.

WSSC is collaborating with state and local agencies to minimize disruptions to customers’ daily lives as we meet the demands of growing communities. Customers are encouraged to reach out to project managers or their WSSC Customer Advocate with project-specific questions. For water or sewer emergencies, call 301-206-4002.

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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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