Sanitary Sewer Overflow Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant, Accokeek, Maryland

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Maryland – January 30, 2008:  A mechanical failure caused a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) yesterday, Tuesday, January 29, 2008, at WSSC’s Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant at 11 Farmington Road West, Accokeek, Maryland. The overflow began at 10:07 a.m. and ended at 7:29 p.m. last night. An estimated 5.3 million gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into Piscataway Creek.

The failure has been repaired and the pumping station is back in service. The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department have been notified of the situation. WSSC crews and contractors are taking the required steps to mitigate the situation. Crews will remove all visible solids from the site and dispose of them properly. Storage ponds were used to collect some of the sewage during the overflow and the sewage will be pumped back into the system. Lime is also being applied on affected ground areas. 16 signs have been posted in the area.

WSSC is committed to protecting the health of the public and the environment. With more than 5,300 miles of sewer mains throughout its service area, WSSC appreciates notification from citizens if a sewer back up is suspected. Citizens can call 301-206-4002 or toll free 1-800-828-6439 at any time to report water or sewer emergencies in Prince George's or Montgomery counties.

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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