MEDIA ADVISORY / PHOTO OP: WINTER WON’T BREAK US!

WSSC to Highlight #WinterReady Plans Along the Banks of the Potomac River

| Media Advisory

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Get a rare look at where the water enters the plant
See pipe repair and leak detection demonstrations

Laurel – November 27, 2018: It was nearly one year ago, but the record-setting cold last January is still fresh on WSSC’s mind. Due to those bone-chilling cold temperatures, WSSC experienced an all-time-record 802 water main breaks and leaks in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in a single month. But winter won’t break us because WSSC is #WinterReady!

Join us Thursday, November 29, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., for a rare look at where the Potomac River flows into WSSC’s largest water filtration plant and learn how the temperature of the river is key in predicting spikes in water main breaks.

At this event, WSSC will:

  • Detail plans to rapidly respond and fix broken water mains during the busy winter season,
  • Demonstrate repairing the common “circle” break,
  • Highlight detection equipment used to pinpoint tricky water main leaks, and
  • Operate the unique tool used to keep water flowing into the plant when ice forms on the Potomac River.

WHAT: WSSC’s #WinterReady Media Briefing/Photo Op

WHO: Carla Reid, WSSC General Manager and CEO, Utility Services Crew Members

WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Rain or Shine

WHERE: WSSC Potomac Water Filtration Plant, 12200 River Road, Potomac, MD

DIRECTIONS: Upon arrival at the gate, you will be directed to the rear of the plant to access the area where the river water enters the plant. There is a short walk from the parking area to the river. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a very visual event. Displays include: Broken water main being repaired, leak detection demonstration, new zinc-coated ductile-iron pipe, old cast iron pipe and equipment used to keep water flowing into the plant when ice forms on the river. We are flexible on time – come any time between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and get what you need… quickly and easily.

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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