The Laytonsville water tower has been up for more than a year, fire hydrants are in place, and the pumping station is nearly complete, which means town residents should soon have public water flowing through their taps.
Town residents, who currently rely on well water, have been working toward this for decades.
Mayor Dan Prats said that the project was paid for by Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) and developer Natelli Communities.
“The developer needed the water in order to build the Laytonsville Preserve development, so the timing of this just came together,” he said.
According to WSSC spokesman Jerry Irvine, the pumping station is expected to be on line with water service to area ratepayers within two weeks.
“On January 9 and 10, 2014, we tested the facility and found several minor items that need to be addressed prior to placing the station in service. We anticipate that these issues will be resolved within the next two weeks. Such delays during testing are part of the process and are to be expected. The Commission does everything in its power to ensure a facility is fully functional when placed in service,” Irvine wrote in an email to The Gazette on Monday .
The pumping station is the final element of the project to be completed. The structure is near the intersection of Woodfield Road (Md. 124) and East Village Avenue.
Because the project has been in the works for years, the installation of public water is a welcomed amenity for the town of approximately 300 residents.
It will solve the problems of poor water quality and failing septic systems, and provide water for Laytonsville Elementary School, the Laytonsville District Fire Department and the Layton’s Village shopping center.
Prats said that WSSC has been a very good partner to work with, and has provided monthly updates to the town.
“We are getting very close to having the system complete, and we are all looking forward to that,” he said.