WSSC: 60% of large water valves, needed in emergencies, were found ‘unusable.’

Washington Post: Suburban Maryland’s water utility found that more than half of the valves needed to shut off large water pipes in emergencies were “unusable,” mostly because of severe corrosion, utility officials said this week. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), which supplies drinking water to Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, found that 60 percent of 350 large valves inspected so far didn’t work, mostly because of years of rust buildup. Broken valves are being repaired as they are discovered,......

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