Notes from GHI Work Session re: WSSC

Last Thursday (May 31), GHI’s Board of Directors held a work session to discuss WSSC’s proposal to move forward with the replacement of exterior water supply pipes for masonry units provided GHI takes on the responsibility for maintenance and future replacement of these pipes after thirty years.

The meeting began in 5 Court Eastway as the Board and attending members reviewed a WSSC pipe replacement project completed in 2008-2009. After the site tour, the group re-convened in the GHI boardroom to continue the meeting.

The open portion of the meeting allowed attending members to ask questions, provide information, and offer perspective on the proposal. GHI General Manager Eldon Ralph provided an overview of the matter along with a chronology of events leading up to the current proposal. Board members also commented.

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WSSC Proposal Would Shift Responsibility For Water Lines to GHI in 30 Years


WSSC owns, and is currently responsible for the maintenance and replacement of water lines, including the lateral pipes up to and including individual water meters outside GHI masonry homes. GHI is responsible for the piping from the water meter into the homes. For the past ten years, WSSC has postponed plans to replace the aging water and sewer infrastructure for the masonry homes. The reason is WSSC would like to relocate the water meters to the curb and for GHI to take over the responsibility of the water lines from the curb up to the individual units. This would mean that GHI would be responsible for thousands of feet of buried pipe that WSSC currently maintains under a 1958 agreement. While WSSC has postponed the replacement of pipes, they continue to replace pipes as they fail. (The infrastructure for the frames homes was replaced in the 1980’s and has not reached the end of its useful life.)
In answer to a question raised at the January 25, 2015 Town Hall Meeting about the potential cost of this shift to GHI, GHI estimated that the cost to GHI members would be about $1.5 million.

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