Partnering to Protect Clean Water
Working to protect clean water, in July of 2005 WSSC joined U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen, Lieutenant Governor Michael S. Steele and representatives from the Anacostia Watershed Society, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Audubon Naturalist Society and Friends of Sligo Creek to announce agreement on a multi-year action plan to dramatically minimize, and eliminate where possible, sewage overflows.
The comprehensive 12-year plan settles a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in November 2004 on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding overflows in WSSC’s wastewater collection system. We have worked closely with our partners at the federal, state and local levels to develop a proactive plan that will augment our existing efforts to maintain, identify and repair problem areas within our 5,400-mile sewer system. This Consent Decree, similar to many others being enacted throughout the country, will enhance our ability to meet the public health needs of our customers and return clean water to our environment.
Please view the following links to learn more about our proactive efforts to protect public and environmental health.
Collection System Discharge Reports (Sanitary Sewer Overflow Reports)
Read the Collection System Discharge Reports
July 26, 2005 WSSC Reaches Agreement With EPA And Conservationists On Sewer Overflows
Grease blockages in sewer mains are major causes of overflows in our service area. Please view the following information to learn how you can help Can the Grease: