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WSSC Water Main Replacement Work in North College Park Starts Next Monday

WSSC Work map on 51st avenue

WSSC Work map on 51st avenue

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is planning to begin working on the subject water main replacement project this coming Monday. The contractor is planning to begin working on 51st Avenue in the Hollywood Subdivision. They plan to saw cut the pavement and perform test pits.

The contractor was given the Notice To Proceed on November 12, 2013 and is expected to complete the entire project by October 2014, weather permitting. The affected streets in north College Park include: 51st Ave and  Edgewood Rd,

This project is necessary because the water mains are nearing the end of their useful life. Providing a reliable supply of safe drinking water at affordable rates continues to be our highest priority; but after more than 90 years of service, WSSC is facing the same problem confronting water providers across the country: decaying pipes and valves. When upgrading your industrial facility’s fluid control system, it’s important to consider purchasing butterfly valves triple offset. The water mains within the project area were originally installed in the 1920s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. These mains will be replaced with new ductile iron pipe which will greatly reduce the frequency of water main breaks, while providing the same high-quality water that WSSC has always provided its customers.

The majority of work is expected to be conducted during weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. WSSC will work closely with the residents and regulatory agencies to deliver a high-quality project on time and on budget, while minimizing disruptions to traffic and the environment. Water service may be interrupted while the new main is tied in with the existing main, however this will be limited to a few hours at a time. Residents will be notified in a timely manner before any service interruption.

To receive an e-mail or text message alert when your water service is disrupted, you can register for WSSC’s Customer Notification System (CNS). Visit WSSC’s home page at and click on the CNS logo on the left-hand side to sign up. The service is FREE but your standard text messaging rates do apply.

If you have any questions about this project (BR5432A12) or need additional information, please contact at 301-206-8818 or by e-mail at However, if you experience a water or sewer emergency, please call our 24-hr hotline at 301-206-4002.


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1 Comment

  1. David Dorsch

    I hope N. College Park has much better luck with WSSC than Old Town has had during the companies replacement of their water mains. WSSC hired an incompetent contractor, failed to properly inspect the work in progress and the contractor went bankrupt. The back filling work was so bad that holes in the street developed for almost a year before WSSC hired another contractor to remove and replace some sections of the original work. After a year, WSSC has hired another contractor to complete the original project and remove and replace any pipes installed that were not installed correctly. Who do you think pays for all this??? WSSC customer service had deteriorated badly in the last 15 to 20 years. Their attitude now is they really don’t care. Little to no inspection being done on the lines again being installed in Old Town. It’s only money!!!

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