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WSSC to Detail Winter Weather Preparations

***Broken Water Pipe Fix Demonstration, Maintenance Trucks, Heavy Equipment***


Jerry Irvine



Laurel – October 27, 2014: Winter is fast approaching and WSSC is ready! This coming Thursday, October 30, from 10 – 11 a.m., WSSC will hold a special winter prep media event at our Anacostia Depot, 3500 Kenilworth Avenue in Hyattsville. We will showcase the Commission’s plan to respond to the hundreds of water main breaks and leaks expected to occur this winter.

The combination of cold snaps and aging infrastructure creates a perfect recipe for water main breaks. This past January alone, during the Polar Vortex, WSSC saw 595 water main breaks and leaks, a significant number given that we saw a total of 1,238 in all of 2012 and 1,691 in 2013.

Media is invited to talk to the WSSC staff in charge of our winter weather preparations and see a demonstration of what it takes to fix a typical break.

VISUALS: Demonstration of typical break repairs. Warehouse yard full of maintenance trucks and stack of pipe as backdrop for interviews with WSSC staff.  Signs with WSSC-related winter weather facts and information.

WHAT: WSSC Winter Weather Media Briefing/Photo Op

WHO:   Jerry N. Johnson, General Manager and CEO

Maintenance Crew Members

WHEN: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 10 – 11 a.m., Rain or Shine.

WHERE: WSSC Anacostia Depot, 3500 Kenilworth Avenue, Hyattsville, MD

DIRECTIONS: Upon arrival at 3500 Kenilworth Avenue, follow signs back towards rear portion of the Anacostia warehouse yard.


Established in 1918, today the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is among the largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation, with a network of nearly 5,600 miles of freshwater pipeline and more than 5,400 miles of sewer pipeline. Serving 1.8 million residents in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, WSSC drinking water has always met or exceeded federal standards.


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