WSSC Continues Nighttime Sewer Work in Prince George's County

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

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Maryland – May 31, 2005: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will begin late night / early morning sewer work this week through Friday, June 3 in the Chapel Oaks, Cedar Heights, Fairmount Heights, Jefferson Heights, and Riverdale Heights communities of Prince George's County. The sewer work is part of WSSC's continuing efforts to enhance a wastewater collection system that protects public health and helps return clean water to the environment.

The sewer main work will take place, weather permitting, in sewer mains under the following roads: Addison Road, Balsam Tree Drive, Balsam Tree Place, Cedar Heights Drive, Elk Grove Avenue, Fairmount Heights Drive, Farmingdale Place, Field Place, 57th Avenue, 57th Place, 58th Avenue, 59th Avenue, Goshun Place, Grieg Street, H Street, Hunt Place, Huskwood Avenue, J Street, Jefferson Heights Drive, Jost Street, K Street, Kolb Street, L Street, Lee Place, Marblewood Avenue, Oates Street, Sheriff Road, 60th Avenue, 60th Place, 61st Avenue, 62nd Avenue, and 62nd Place.

The inspection work will take place overnight from 10:30 p.m. to 5 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 nighttime sewer work is part of WSSC's comprehensive Beaverdam Branch sewer basin study that started in the summer 2004. 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.

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.

To report a 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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