WSSC Begins Nighttime Sewer Work in Montgomery County

WSSC measures wastewater flows in Cabin John area. Work is part of comprehensive sewer basin study to enhance wastewater collection system.

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Laurel, Maryland – October 16, 2003:  Continuing their efforts to enhance a wastewater collection system that protects public health and helps return clean water to the environment, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will begin nighttime sewer work in the Cabin John area of Montgomery County. The late night / early morning work is part of WSSC's comprehensive Cabin John sewer basin study that started spring 2003. The sewer main work will take place overnight from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for one week starting Sunday, October 19, weather permitting, in sewer mains under the following roads: Quarry Ridge Way, Quarry Ridge Road, Rising Ridge Road, Rising Ridge Way, Park Overlook Drive, Park Overlook Court, Glenmore Spring Road, Glenmore Spring Way, Mackenzie Court, Thornley Court, Edenwood Court, Lilly Stone Drive, Hamilton Spring Road, Hamilton Spring Court, Carderock Drive, Carderock Court, Persimmon Tree Lane, Comanche Court and Stone Trail Drive. During tests, crews will open manholes in these areas to monitor wastewater flows to determine if groundwater is infiltrating the sanitary sewer. Groundwater infiltration can deplete the pipes flow capacity, increase wastewater treatment costs and may indicate pipe defects. Water or wastewater services will not be impacted.

During the four-year sewer basin study, WSSC will capture data on rainfall, wastewater flows, the conditions of pipes and manholes and areas where sewer mains have become exposed due to erosion in creeks and streambeds. Investigators also will review growth patterns to develop plans to meet future wastewater needs. The $5 million contract was awarded to URS Corporation, of Baltimore, MD.

WSSC's sewer system is a modern sanitary, or separate, system - meaning the pipes that carry sewage from homes and businesses to wastewater treatment plants are separate from the county's storm water drainage system.

The Cabin John sewer basin follows the Cabin John Creek watershed in southern Montgomery County and serves portions of the Rockville, Bethesda, Potomac and Cabin John communities. The basin contains more than 300 miles of sewer mains ranging from 6 to 48 inches in diameter and is one of 29 major sewer basins in the WSSC service area. The Cabin John sewer basin transports approximately 8 million gallons of sewage per day to the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, D.C.

WSSC is among the 10 largest water and wastewater utilities in the nation, serving 1.6 million customers in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. To report water or sewer emergency, customers may call WSSC's 24-hour Emergency Response number at (301) 206-4002.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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