WSSC Passes Pipe Protection Program
Program Expands Help to Those in Need
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Commissioners Also Accept $44 Million State Loan to Turn Sewage into Energy
Laurel, Md. – April 17, 2019 – WSSC Commissioners today approved the adoption of a special loan program to help customers pay for on-property water service line replacement. The assistance 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, which will be paid directly to a WSSC licensed plumber.
“Expanding and enhancing our affordability programs to ensure more customers have access to emergency funds that will allow them to fix damaged pipes promptly is a top priority for WSSC,” said WSSC Commission Chair T. Eloise Foster. “This new water service loan program is another tool in our affordability toolbox to keep drinking water flowing to our customers’ taps.”
“A leaking or broken water service line can come without notice and repairs can be costly for our customers,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “By offering this loan program, we can make on-property pipe replacement more affordable and give our customers one less thing to worry about.”
The emergency loan program will be administered by the WSSC Federal Credit Union. Full details and requirements will be announced and posted directly on the WSSC Federal Credit Union’s website closer to the July 1, 2019, launch date.
Commissioners also approved today a $44 million loan to WSSC from the Maryland Department of the Environment to fund construction of the Piscataway Bioenergy Project, located at WSSC’s Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility.
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.
“The Piscataway Bioenergy Project is a big step in greening the economy, cleaning the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and combating climate change,” said Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles.
Construction is scheduled to start later this spring. For more information about the innovative Bioenergy project, visit wsscwater.com/bioenergy.
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.