Sandy Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflows At WSSC Facilities

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – October 30, 2012:   Here is an update to sanitary sewer overflows caused by Hurricane Sandy’s extremely heavy rains.

At 8:10 p.m. Monday night, the Fort Washington Forest #1 Wastewater Pumping Station (WWPS) at 12800 Monroe Avenue, Fort Washington, began overflowing due to high flows caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy that induced high infiltration and inflow. The overflow occurred despite both pumps being in full operation. The overflow ended at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday morning, spilling an estimated 58,000 gallons of diluted sewage.

The Broad Creek WWPS at 10315 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, began overflowing at 10:03 p.m. Monday night due to high flows caused by the heavy rainfall. The rain induced high infiltration and inflow. All 6 Pumps were in operation at the time. The overflow ended at 11:30 p.m. An estimated 90,000 gallons of diluted sewage overflowed.

Notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department. WSSC crews have posted signs in the affected areas.

WSSC is committed to protecting the health of the public and the environment.   With nearly 5,400 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 o

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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