Potomac Submerged Channel Intake Feasibility Study

Potomac Submerged Channel Intake Feasibility Study photo

Black & Veatch


Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)


Potomac, Maryland


NA (Study only)



During storm events, sediments, debris, and runoff contaminants, particularly from the Watts Branch, cause source water quality to change dramatically, and affects the plant operation. A recent survey confirmed that the water quality (pH, alkalinity and turbidity), particularly during storm events, is significantly better, and remains much more stable, in the middle of the Potomac River than at the location of the existing intake. The study involves providing engineering services in the areas of permitting, geotechnical, cost estimating and conceptual design associated with the existing intake structure which is adversely impacted by its location along the Potomac River shoreline.

CSA is part of the Black & Veatch Team preparing a study for alternative locations for the submerged channel intake for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Potomac Water Filtration Plant (WFP) located in Montgomery County, Potomac, MD.

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