The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, the water utility in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, plans to spend nearly $900,000 changing its name and logo.
The move isn’t sitting well with local leaders in the two counties.
Starting this fall, WSSC will become WSSC Water. The current logo, a blue water drop with the words “Where Water Matters,” will give way to a contemporary blue and green ‘W’ partially formed by rows of water droplets, with the slogan “Delivering the Essential.”
The utility — which raised rates on most of its 1.8 million customers on July 1 — will spend the next three years putting the new logo on its trucks, worker uniforms and buildings, at an estimated cost of $491,000.
Last year the utility paid two Washington, D.C., marketing and communications firms $360,000 to help develop the new branding and image.
“We’re a water company and we don’t have water in our name,” said Chuck Brown, the utility’s director of Communications & Community Relations. “It just makes sense.”