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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published August 09, 2013

UPDATE/TUES: CARDIN VISITS WSSC IN PUSH TO MAKE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES A NATIONAL PRIORITY



UPDATED LOCATION AND RSVP INFORMATION ADDED

*** Media wishing to cover the event should send reporter/photographer names/media affiliation and vehicle description/tag number to communications@wsscwater.com by 2 p.m. Monday, August 12, 2013. A media credential or government ID will be required for entry.

 

CARDIN VISITS WSSC IN PUSH TO MAKE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES A

NATIONAL PRIORITY

 

“A healthy water infrastructure system is as important to America’s economy as paved roads and sturdy

bridges”

 

Tuesday, August 13 at 10:00AM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) General Manager/CEO Jery N. Johnson will tour the WSSC Patuxent Water Filtration Plant and meet to discuss federal options for improving our nation’s aging water infrastructure. The region has seen a growing number of water main breaks. One of the most serious was in July, when a water main serving 100,000 people in Prince George’s County began to fail.  Mandatory water restrictions were instituted, limiting access to water for homes and businesses during an intense heat wave that saw the heat index repeatedly reach the triple digits. 

 

WHO:             Senator Ben Cardin

WSSC General Manager/CEO Jerry N. Johnson

WSSC Chief Engineer Gary Gumm

 

WHAT:            Tour of WSSC Filtration Plant and Preview of Federal Legislation to Upgrade Aging Water Infrastructure

 

WHEN:            Tuesday, August 13 at 10:00AM

                        *** MEDIA ARRIVAL 9:30AM ***

 

WHERE:          WSSC Patuxent Water Filtration Plant

                        6101 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD 20707-2945

 

*** Media wishing to cover the event should send reporter/photographer names/media affiliation and vehicle description/tag number to communications@wsscwater.com by 2 p.m. Monday, August 12, 2013. A media credential or government ID will be required for entry. 

 

Directions:

·         From I-95, take the Rte. 198 Exit (Sandy Spring Road) East toward Burtonsville

·         Go through the traffic light at Sweitzer Lane (The plant is on the left)

·         Make a U-turn at the first opportunity, about 100 yds (across from Shell Station)

·         The gate entrance to the plant WILL BE IMMEDIATELY on the right.

·         Media will park in the lot right at the entrance gate.

 

It’s estimated that by 2020, the forecasted deficit for sustaining water delivery and wastewater treatment infrastructure, will trigger a $206 billion increase in costs for businesses.  In a worst case scenario, a lack of water infrastructure investment will cause the United States to lose nearly 700,000 jobs by 2020.  

 Senator Cardin plans to discuss two federal bills that would help alleviate many of the problems facing Maryland and the nation: (1) The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act that will help local communities with matching grants to help meet the challenges of upgrading water infrastructure systems to meet the hydrological changes we are seeing today.  Communities across the country will be able to compete for federal matching funds to help finance water infrastructure projects. (2) Reauthorization of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) to match current water infrastructure needs and federal resources.