WSSC Water to Hold Monthly Commission Meeting on Wednesday, August 19

Meeting Includes Briefing on Expanding Water Affordability Efforts to Help More Customers

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Commissioners Also Scheduled to Receive Update on Innovative Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project

Public Invited to Livestream Meeting and Participate via Call-In Number

Laurel, Md. – August 17, 2020 – WSSC Water Commissioners are scheduled to hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 19, beginning at 10 a.m. The virtual meeting is open to the public via livestream from WSSC Water’s website. Interested stakeholders also have a call-in option to provide input during the meeting.

Included in this month’s agenda is a briefing on expanding WSSC Water’s affordability programs. WSSC Water is committed to making water and sewer bills more affordable and the briefing will include recommendations to help more financially struggling customers – especially in the wake of COVID-19. Because of the pandemic’s economic impact, WSSC Water included an additional $324,000 from the current budget to help more customers struggling to pay their water and sewer bills – for a total of $3.2 million in their current Fiscal Year 2021 budget. To learn more about WSSC Water’s assistance programs, visit the assistance page. Eligibility requirements do apply.

Wednesday’s meeting also includes an update on WSSC Water’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project. WSSC Water withdrew a solicitation for the AMI project in mid-March effectively postponing the project due to resource constraints related to COVID-19. The innovative technology allows water meters to communicate usage information wirelessly using radio or cellular frequencies. AMI will help customers by providing near real-time water usage information. Through a user-friendly portal, customers will have more control over their water use – thereby reducing bills and saving money.

Public Viewing / Participation Details

Watch: Virtual meeting will be broadcast live for public viewing

Call-in number to provide comment: 1-240-800-7929 / Conference ID: 476 924 961#

Please note the following:

  • No video will play via the virtual meeting link until the meeting starts at 10 a.m.
  • If stakeholders only want to watch the meeting, they do not need the call-in number.
  • The public comment period is expected will start around noon or 12:15 p.m. Those wanting to speak should watch the meeting to know when it’s time to call.
  • Please do not call in before the Public Comment period starts.
  • When calling in to speak, please turn down the computer sound to avoid audio issues.
  • Members of the public will have five minutes to speak.

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

WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.

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