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WSSC Water Main Replacement Project

PowerPoint Presentation from June 3, 2013 Joint WSSC/Washington Gas Public Meeting on Phase of WSSC's water main replacements scheduled for Grafton and Hesketh Street: Currently scheduled to begin in late summer 2013.

-April 15, 2013-

Over the next year, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will begin to replace, upgrade, and, in some cases, relocate almost two miles of water main lines throughout the Village.

The existing water mains are at the end of their useful lives, many of which were installed in the early 1950's. The resulting work is intended to cause a notable reduction in the number of water main breaks experienced in the Village. The following streets are slated for water main replacements:

  • Hesketh Street
  • Grafton Street

The first step in this project will be the installation of temporary above-ground water lines along the side of the roadway, which will connect to your existing home water line while the construction work is begin conducted. Only in cases where the existing water main lines are being replaced in the same location will WSSC's contractor install temporary above-ground water lines. Residents should use caution when driving and parking your cars around the temporary water lines because they are the only way water service can be preserved during construction. In the event that one of the temporary water lines breaks residents should immediately call WSSC at (301) 206-4002 and inform the Village's 24-hour Communications Center.

The second step in the process will involve the replacement and upgrade of the water mains. This process will include the excavation of a trench within the roadway to remove and replace the existing water main. During the construction process, access to driveways will be maintained at all times and traffic control measures will be set-up to direct traffic in and around the work zone. In some cases “no parking” signs will be posted restricting parking on one side of the street to assist in the replacement process.

The final steps of the project will involve the restoration of the existing roadways and rights-of-way throughout the Village where WSSC has conducted its replacements and upgrades. Once a section of water main is replaced, WSSC will temporarily repair the trench in the roadway surface to ensure traffic can safely traverse. After WSSC completes all of its water main replacement work within the Village, the affected roadways will be resurfaced with a layer of asphalt in an operation called “mill and overlay" (much the same as the Village's street repaving process).

During the entire water main replacement process, WSSC and its contractors will work Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the event that WSSC contractors must turn-off water service, advance notice will be provided by WSSC to the affected houses detailing the anticipated duration. WSSC inspectors are required to go door-to-door notifying residents two (2) days prior to a shutdown and leave information at the front door. WSSC has assured the Village that water shut-offs will not exceed eight (8) hours and will not be scheduled on the day before, day of or the day after the following holidays: New Years Day, Good Friday, Easter, beginning of Passover, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.

If residents have any questions regarding the project, please do not hesitate to contact the Village office at (301) 654-7300 or via e-mail at for more information.

The Village thanks you in advance for your patience as WSSC undertakes this project to improve water service reliability on your street.

WSSC Presentation on water main replacemens in the Village

Proposed Future WSSC water main replacements


 WSSC Proposed Water Main Replacements

Click here to view more information about the water main replacement process from WSSC