Quince Orchard Valley Park Area

After a few months of delays, WSSC Water is ready to proceed with construction of the sewer rehabilitation project taking place in the Quince Orchard Valley Neighborhood Park. Construction activities are expected to begin on or about August 8, 2016. You will begin to see WSSC Water employees in the project area beginning August 1, 2016, for pre-construction activities. This projected is expected to take 6-9 months to complete.

Dear Quince Orchard Valley Residents,

There have been a few developments since  the public informational meeting in April:

  • Construction is still delayed until a final resolution of the pending litigation.  The next court hearing is scheduled for Friday, July 8, 9:30 a.m., at the Montgomery County Circuit Court, 50 Maryland Avenue, Rockville, MD.
  • The access road has been shortened, which will reduce park impacts. The road will be reduced in length to 500 linear feet by using a walk-in path for crews to access the last manhole.
  • WSSC  Water submitted its revised operational plan to MDE, who determined “The temporary impacts in Quince Orchard Valley Park have been avoided by implementing walk in access for sewer rehabilitation and a bridge crossing for access over an unnamed tributary to Great Seneca Creek.”
  • Please find attached a copy of MDE’s June 10th, “Notice of Permit Decision” and a copy of the revised plan.

Once a final determination has been reached in the pending court matter, we will contact the Quince Orchard Valley community to provide you with an update. Thank you again for your patience.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Donald Barrett, Customer Advocate, 301.206.7239, donald.barrett@wsscwater.com

Seneca Creek Basin Task Order 5

PM 5297A11-Quince Orchard Valley Park - DELAYED

The goal of this project is to improve the condition of the sewer system and surface water quality.  It is associated with the Sewer Repair, Replacement and Rehabilitation (SR3) program that is a part of the  12-year Consent Decree between WSSC Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and several environmental groups. It became effective in December 2005.

 A consent decree is a negotiated settlement of a lawsuit that is approved by the Court. Once approved by the Court, it becomes a Court order that must be followed. This Consent Decree is an environmental project to improve water quality throughout the WSSC Water service area and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Many jurisdictions across the country have similar consent decrees.

The scope of work to be performed at this site consists of the rehabilitation of a 47 year-old, 1,509 Linear Feet (0.29 miles) sewer pipeline and repairing five (5) manholes.  The sewer rehabilitation process includes Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) lining, which consists of trenchless technology requiring little to no digging or open trenches. It reinforces the interior of the pipe by lining and coating the existing walls. Ultra Violet (UV)* technology will be used during the pipe curing process. The result will be a pipe that will last another 50 to 100 years.  Manhole rehabilitation methods include repairs to the inside of the manhole, or at the surface such as resetting or replacing the frame and cover with grade rings in order to bring a buried manhole to grade. This is one of over 200 similar projects WSSC Water has done or will be doing under the Consent Decree.

All required permits for the project have been approved and WSSC Water is in its final planning stages prior to construction.

Maps of the Area

           Seneca no aerial
                                Seneca (click to enlarge)


Pipe Lining Materials Safety Data Sheets




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