Maryland Gov. Emerson Harrington signed the Act of 1918 that formed the Washington Suburban Sanitary District. The measure took effect May 1, 1918.
The State of Maryland created the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to oversee the Sanitary District and play a vital role in the public health of the region. At the time, only 30,000 people lived in the service area. By 1933, a mere 15 years later, the population more than doubled to 65,000. Initially, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties’ service area covered only the more populated 95 square miles close to D.C. Over one hundred years later, the service area spans more than 1,000 square miles and the water utility continues its journey as WSSC Water.
Supporting our neighbors when they need help the most.
WSSC Water is committed to making water and sewer bills more affordable. Established in 1994 by WSSC Water employees, the Water Fund helps residential customers who are experiencing financial hardship pay their water/sewer bills. It is funded through the generous donations of customers, community members and WSSC Water employees. The Salvation Army, in each county, administers the Water Fund. Learn more at wsscwater.com/waterfund.
Beyond The Pipes
A Century of Serving Our Community
Beyond the Pipes is a visual history book that provides a historic account of our community’s water and wastewater infrastructure with untold stories and compelling images. Learn how environmental stewardship, public health and economic development intersect with passion, work ethic and community partnership.
This centennial book details the 100-year journey of an innovative, water utility in service to our neighbors of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. This hard-cover keepsake includes a visual timeline including local history and never-before seen photos from the WSSC Water archive.
All proceeds from Beyond the Pipes go to the Water Fund, to assist our neighbors who need financial assistance with water and sewer bills.