WSSC approves nearly $150M in contracts to repair, improve infrastructure

Largest contract focused on repairing streets following water & sewer work.

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LAUREL, MD, MAY 19, 2017 -- WSSC commissioners today approved three contracts totaling $149.5 million to repair and replace aging infrastructure and meet future water supply demands for Montgomery and Prince George's County residents. The largest contract, valued at $135 million, involves paving, roadway and sidewalk restoration throughout both counties, which is necessary following water and sewer main work. The three contracts were unanimously approved by WSSC Commissioners during a public meeting.

"It is vital to WSSC's mission that we repair and replace our aging pipes and install new infrastructure to meet the growing needs of our customers," said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. "Equally important to local residents is our ability to quickly restore neighborhood streets and sidewalks following our work. The approval of these three contracts accomplishes these goals."

The approved contracts include:

  • Large Water Main Construction - $8.5 million
    This contract is part of WSSC's Capital Improvement Program Clinton Zone Improvements project, which includes new tanks and water mains to meet current and future water demand in southern Prince George's County. The contract is for the third phase of a four-phase project and consists of installing 2.7 miles of large water main along Branch Avenue (MD 5) from Surratts Road to Moores Road. Construction will begin this summer and will last approximately two years, weather permitting.
  • Water Planning (Architecture/Engineering Services) - $6 million
    This contract supports WSSC's Planning Group, which ensures adequate capacity of water treatment, distribution and storage systems for current and future customers. The contract provides for project management, inspection, permitting assistance, contract administration and other engineering consulting services.
  • Street Repair Services - $135 million
    Contract provides paving and restoration services following a water or sewer main replacement or repair. Work includes restoring streets, concrete roadways, driveways, curbs, gutters and sidewalks. The area-wide contract is divided among three paving and restoration contractors.

Each year, WSSC replaces 61 miles of water mains and 20 miles of sewer mains, which equates to between 150 and 200 active construction projects throughout both counties. WSSC recently became the first utility in the country to usezinc-coated, ductile iron water pipeswrapped in a protective coating to help them last at least 100 years.

About WSSC
WSSC provides life-sustaining water and wastewater services that are critical to public health. Our work makes it possible for individuals, families, and businesses to enjoy quality of life. For nearly 100 years, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week, we have served the people of Prince George's and Montgomery counties. WSSC drinking water has always met or surpassed federal standards. We are WSSC, Where Water Matters.

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