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Montgomery Councilmember Berliner's letter to WSSC regarding Connecticut Avenue Water Main Break
  • Release ID: 13-076
  • Release Date: 3/19/2013
  • Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939 or Delphine Harriston240-777-7931
  • From: Council Office
Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner, who chairs the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, this morning sent the letter to WSSC General Manager Jerry Johnson regarding the major water main break on Connecticut Avenue last night. Councilmember Berliner's letter is pasted below.

Jerry N. Johnson, General Manager/CEO
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
14501 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, Maryland 20707-5902

Dear Mr. Johnson:

I am writing with regard to the 54 inch water main break that occurred last night (March 18) which has snarled rush hour traffic, led to mandatory water restrictions in Montgomery County, and led to some power outages in the vicinity of the break. I know WSSC is doing everything it can to perform emergency repairs and get the water main back on-line.

Please let me know how many (if any) customers in the area are currently without water (and if so, if WSSC is delivering water to those households), if any vulnerable populations are without water or power at this time, whether there were any injuries resulting from the break, and whether any additional interagency cooperation is needed (with the County, Pepco, or others).

I am also interested in what the status of this section of PCCP pipe is with regard to WSSC’s ongoing large diameter main inspection/repair/acoustic fiber optic monitoring work. It is my understanding that all large diameter pipes (48 inches or greater) will have gone through at least one round of inspections/maintenance/AFO monitoring by the end of FY13. Both the Montgomery and Prince George’s Councils have supported all of WSSC’s funding requests for its large diameter pipe work and it would be of great concern if this segment of pipe had been inspected recently and been found to not need any repairs or if acoustic fiber optic monitoring had been installed but is ultimately ineffective in providing an early warning of an impending break.

Please keep the Council informed as to your progress repairing the main, as well as any information you collect regarding the cause of the break.


Roger Berliner, Chair
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy & Environment Committee

Last edited: 1/15/2016  

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