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WSSC is Winter Ready: WSSC will hold a special demonstration for the media

See What it Takes to Close a Valve and Repair a Broken Water Main,
Maintenance Trucks and Heavy Equipment Also on Display

Laurel – November 5, 2015: Aging infrastructure plus cold weather equals an increase in water main breaks. That’s a fact, and that’s why WSSC is winter ready.

Next Tuesday, November 10, from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., WSSC will hold a special demonstration for the media at our Anacostia Depot, 3500 Kenilworth Avenue in Hyattsville. Learn about the Commission’s plan to respond to the hundreds of water main breaks expected this winter and watch a demonstration of a valve being closed and a pipe being repaired.

WSSC maintains 5,647 miles of water mains and a total of 65,022 valves. More than a third of the Commission’s water mains are over 50 years old and the valves required to close those mains are often equally as old.

WHAT: WSSC Winter Weather Media Briefing/Photo Op

WHO: Jerry N. Johnson, General Manager and CEO,

Utility Services Crew Members

WHEN: Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 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 to rear portion of the Anacostia warehouse yard.

VISUALS: Demonstration of valve being closed followed by a typical water main break repair. Warehouse yard full of maintenance trucks plus a backdrop of pipes, valves, fire hydrants and other equipment.


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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