WSSC Water is proud to be a leader in the water industry. To stay at the head of the pack, we are always looking toward the future and finding ways to innovate now.

The PipeDiver

The official name of our ongoing program to inspect our largest water mains is the PCCP Management Program (PCCP stands for Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe). But "The PipeDiver" is a much cooler way to remember it, don't you think? The PipeDiver is one of several tools we use to inspect our 145 miles of PCCP. The pipes range in size from big to bigger - from three feet in diameter to eight feet, which is big enough for a person to walk through. But we don't have to send our workers through the pipes now - that's a job for the PipeDiver.

Watch PipeDiver in Action


Miles of prestressed concrete cylinder pipe that WSSC Water manages with the help of "The Pipediver." Some of the pipes are eight feet in diameter, which is as tall as the average room.

Universal Fire Hydrant Tool

AFO: Our ears on the pipes

You can learn a lot by listening - and that's what our Acoustic Fiber Optic Monitoring System does for us. By listening for the sounds that are made by breaking wires in Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe, we can know right away if there's a potential problem that needs attention.

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Zinc-coated Ductile Iron Pipe

You might be surprised at all the technology that goes into the pipes that carry water to your home. But thanks to some fancy engineering, a special kind of pipe we use - Zinc-Coated Ductile Iron Pipe - is forecast to provide years and years of extra service. Which means less expense for us - and you.

Learn More About Zinc-Coated Pipe


Last Modified: January 3, 2023, 2:33 pm EST