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Officials Say Water Bill Headed for Major Increase

WSSC is the 8th largest water and waste water utility in the nation.

The cost to repair aging water pipes over the next 25 years is estimated to cost at least $1 trillion, according to a national report by American Water Works Association called Buried No Longer Confronting America's Water Infrastructure Challenge.

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's (WSSC) Chief Executive Officer Jerry Johnson says he understands the growing demand for water usage and issues with the aging pipelines.

"Every day we are working on plans not only to ramp up the number of miles we can replace, but how to pay for it," Johnson said.

WSSC is the 8th largest water and wastewater utility in the nation responsible for Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

About 1,400 miles of water pipe managed by WSSC out of 5,600 miles is more than 50-years-old and over the next six years, the company plans to spend more than three-quarters of a billion dollars for water pipe replacement and reconstruction.

This year, the water company plans to replace 41 miles of water mains. By 2015, WSSC plans to replace 55 miles of water pipes per year.

Tamika Smith February 27, 2012 at 03:29 PM
What do you think would be a reasonable increase?
jag February 27, 2012 at 04:34 PM
What's reasonable is whatever the real cost of the infrastructure is (which isn't a hard thing to calculate). This country, for a few decades now, has just pushed off the real cost of things and then eventually when chickens come home to roost people scream bloody murder at the marked increase in taxes needed to rectify the problem. It'd be laughable if it wasn't so insane. Here's hoping the next generation actually tackles these issues and isn't nearly as selfish and self-serving as most Boomers are. Most have no problem just kicking the can down the road so they can hold onto their historically low taxes for the sake of having two or three cars and 50 inch plasma tvs.
Johnny Lucid February 27, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Are they going to used plastic pipe (which does not corrode) or will they continue with ductile iron or similiar that will corrode and have them back in the position they are now?

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