WSSC Continues Nighttime Work in Montgomery County

Work is part of comprehensive sewer basin study to enhance wastewater collection system

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Laurel, Maryland – May 06, 2005: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will start late night / early morning sewer work next week in the Bedfordshire, Red Coat Woods, Pine Knolls, Lake Normandy Estates, Oldfield, Fox Hills, Inverness Forest, Bells Mill Springs and Bells Mill Village communities of Montgomery County as part of its continuing efforts to enhance a wastewater collection system that protects public health and helps return clean water to the environment.

Work will start the week of May 8 and is expected to last four weeks in sewer mains under the following roads: Bells Mills Road, Gainsborough Road, Hunter Creek Trail, Hob Nail Court, Larkmeade Lane, Old Coach Road, Candlelight Lane, Old Coach Court, Hunt Club Drive, Powder Horn Drive, Redcoat Lane, Post House Court, Fox Run, Long Pine Trail, Old Post Road, Hurdle Hill Drive, Pebble Brook Lane, Harness Trail, Sleepy Hollow Lane, Hickory Bend Trail, Willow Run Court, Tallyho Trail, Fox Hills Trail, Great Arbor Drive, Willowbrook Drive, Willowbrook Court, Haislip Court, Marseille Drive, Cranford Drive, Bolton Drive, Stapleford Hall Drive, Fall River Lane, Sprinklewood Lane, Sprinklewood Court, Fall River Court, Stackhouse Court, Rouen Lane, Rouen Drive, Cherbourg Court, Cherbourg Drive, Le Havre Drive, Falls Road, Glen Road.

The inspection work will take place overnight from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. to take advantage of low wastewater flows. Crews will open manholes in these areas to monitor wastewater flows to determine if groundwater is infiltrating the sanitary sewer. Groundwater infiltration can deplete pipe flow capacity, increase wastewater treatment costs and may indicate pipe defects. Water or wastewater services will not be impacted.

The late night / early morning work is part of WSSC's comprehensive Cabin John sewer basin study that started in spring 2003. The multi-year study 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 for meeting future wastewater needs.

To report a water or sewer emergency, customers may call WSSC's 24-hour Emergency Response number at 301-206-4002 or 1-800-634-8400.

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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