WSSC Begins Nighttime Sewer Work in Prince George's County

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

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Laurel, Maryland – April 12, 2005: Beginning this week, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will measure wastewater flows during the late night / early morning hours in the Coleton Knoll, Wilburn Estates, Rollins Ridge, and Addison Woods communities, and in the Cheverly and Tuxedo Industrial Parks in Prince George's County. The work is part of WSSC's comprehensive Beaverdam Branch Sewer Basin study that began last summer.

The inspection work will take place overnight from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. to take advantage of low wastewater flows. Work will last approximately one week in mains under the following roads: Cabin Branch Road, Cappy Avenue, Sisalbed Drive, Wilburn Drive, Clearfield Court, Clearfield Place, Fawncrest Court, Fawncrest Drive, Milfan Drive, Quarry Avenue, Quarry Court, Quarry Place, Rolling Ridge Drive, Wynnleigh Road, Iona Terrace, Craftsman Circle, Creston Street, 50th Avenue, 51st Avenue, 51st Place, Folich Lane, Greenleaf Road, Hawthorne Street, Lydell Road, Pepsi Place, Schuster Drive, Tuxedo Road and Viewpoint Place.

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 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 to meet future wastewater needs.

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 storm water drainage system.

The Beaverdam Branch sewer basin follows the Beaverdam Creek watershed in northern Prince George's County and handles wastewater flows from portions of the Seat Pleasant, Landover and Capitol Heights communities. Beaverdam Creek is a tributary of the Anacostia River. The basin contains more than 180 miles of sewer mains ranging from 6 to 66 inches in diameter, and transports approximately 8 million gallons of sewage per day to the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, D.C.

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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