WSSC Gets Fired Up on Imagine a Day Without Water

National Day Highlights Need to Invest in Water Infrastructure

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Water is Crucial to Firefighting and Public Safety

Laurel – October 10, 2018: WSSC today took part in Imagine a Day Without Water, a national campaign to highlight the essential role safe, clean, reliable water plays in our daily lives. The education campaign, which takes place during National Fire Prevention Week, encourages more investment in water infrastructure to repair and replace aging pipes, plants and pumps.

“From brushing to flushing, clean water is essential to our lives,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “Often overlooked, however, is the crucial role water plays when it comes to public safety. Imagining a day without water can be scary when it comes to fire protection.”

In addition to supplying safe, clean drinking water and treating the wastewater for 1.8 million residents in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, WSSC maintains 41,892 fire hydrants in the two counties. WSSC also works closely with the fire departments in both jurisdictions to ensure public safety.

To raise awareness about how crucial water is to fighting fires and public safety, WSSC teamed up with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue and the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department today at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute in College Park to highlight what happens when there’s no water to fight a fire. Using a side-by-side burn demonstration trailer, attendees watched as one “room” was engulfed in flames, while the other fire was quickly extinguished thanks to a sprinkler.

“There’s no way our firefighters could perform their critical emergency services without water,” said Charles Bailey, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Division Chief.

“A day without water is truly a public safety crisis, and I don’t ever want to imagine that,” said Brian Frankel, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Deputy Chief.

Despite its importance to the health, safety and quality of life of every American, water infrastructure receives a small portion of federal infrastructure investment. The fourth annual Imagine a Day Without Water aims to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.

WSSC is also holding an Imagine a Day Without Water Trivia Night tonight at Calvert Brewing, 15850 Commerce Court in Upper Marlboro, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

With water-related games and trivia, the fun-filled event highlights the importance of water in the brewing process of beer - #NoWaterNoBeer. Ten percent of sales from tonight’s event will go toward WSSC’s Water Fund to help those in need pay their water/sewer bills.

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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