WSSC Commissioners Scheduled to Vote on Loan Program to Help Customers Replace On-Property Water Lines

Commissioners Also Scheduled to Vote on $44 Million Loan from MDE for Innovative Bioenergy Project Monthly Meeting Open to the Public and Livestreamed

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – April 16, 2019 – WSSC Commissioners are expected to vote to adopt regulations to implement a special loan program to help customers pay for on-property water service line replacement. The vote is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 17, as part of the monthly Commission meeting, held at WSSC headquarters in Laurel. The meeting, which starts at 10 a.m., is open to the public and available via livestream directly from WSSC’s website.

The loan program, which was established by the Maryland General Assembly under Chapter 539, Laws of Maryland 2018 (Maryland General Assembly, House Bill 408.), will make $100,000 available annually to customers in need of emergency funds to replace a damaged water service line on their property. Eligible customers may qualify for a maximum of $5,000, to be paid directly to a licensed plumber. The program is scheduled to start on July 1, 2019. More details on the program, including information about how to apply, will be made available closer to the program’s launch.

WSSC Commissioners also are scheduled to vote to approve a $44 million loan to WSSC from the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water Quality State Revolving Loan Fund. The loan is specifically issued for the funding of the Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility Bioenergy project, which is scheduled to break ground in late May. The innovative project will transform sewage into renewable energy using cutting-edge “green” technology, which will help reduce WSSC’s greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent and save customers more than $3 million each year.

As part of WSSC’s commitment to public engagement and transparency, the live broadcast allows viewers to observe agency business. This includes the review of contracts and policies, and a monthly synopsis of WSSC’s operations. The complete agenda, including links to each presentation, can be found on WSSC’s website.

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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