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WSSC Plans to Replace Water Mains in West Hollywood


The WSSC (Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission) plans to replace waterlines in the west Hollywood area, particularly the area west of Rhode Island avenue. The affected areas will include Lackawanna Street, Muskogee Street, 47th Place, 48th Place, Mangum Road, Laguna Road and 49th Place. (please see the map below, which shows the streets that will eb affected)

The water mains in the Muskogee Street project area will be replaced with new ductile iron pipe, which will reduce the frequency of water main breaks. WSSC remains committed to providing its customers with a reliable supply of safe drinking water.

WSSC plans to meet with the community in the near future to discuss this project. Additional information is forthcoming.

WSSC will replace approximately 1.29 miles of water mains, fire hydrants and water service connections up to the property line as needed.

This project is necessary because the current water mains were installed in the 1940’s to1960’s and are nearing the end of their life cycle.

The WSSC maintains over 11,000 miles of water and sewer mains and after nearly a century of providing safe and reliable water and sewer service to the residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, WSSC is facing the challenge of decaying infrastructure. In keeping with WSSC’s commitment to providing our customers with safe, quality water and wastewater service, we are renewing our aging infrastructure at of a rate of approximately 60 miles of water mains and 56 miles of sewer mains annually.

Project Schedule: The estimated schedule for the Muskogee Street project, as denoted below, is based on preliminary design and construction schedule. These dates may change based on issuance of permit or contracts. Inclement weather could affect the proposed project schedule.
 Estimated construction start: Spring 2018
 Estimated construction completion: Spring 2019
 Anticipated work hours: 8am to 5pm

Environmental Impacts and Important Information
 Water service may be interrupted for a few hours, while the new main is being connected. Customers will receive a 48-hour advance notification for service interruptions that last more than 8 hours.

 A 48-hour advance notification will be distributed to residents in the event of any parking restrictions and street closures.

 Some trees may have to be pruned or removed to accommodate the work. Residents will be notified prior to construction, if there is a need for any tree removal. All tree removal and pruning will be supervised by a WSSC Urban Forester.

 WSSC will restore the area when construction is completed.
Contact Information/Questions:
 Project Manager, David Venanzi 301-206-8556 or by e-mail at and refer to Project No. BR6125A16.

 Contact the 24-Hour Emergency Call Center at 301-206-4002, in the event of a water or sewer emergency.  WSSC Projects Map: | Facebook:
Twitter: @WSSCWaterNews


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1 Comment

  1. DAK4Blizzard

    It’s great that they’re replacing lines from the mid 20th century with ones that aren’t expected to need attention until the early 22nd century.

    60 miles of replacement per year sounds like a decent rate…until you realize there’s 5800 miles worth of water lines! This is troubling given that nearly 40% of the system is more than 50 years old. Doing the math, and assuming WSSC is only focused on the oldest lines and continues at the current rate, they won’t be able to replace every line installed before 1965 until around 2050. And that doesn’t account for the water lines installed between 1965 and the 1990s that have the same lifespan (before the design was improved upon to double the lifespan starting in the 1990s).


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