Sandy Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflow into Piscataway Creek

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Laurel, Maryland – October 31, 2012:  Hurricane Sandy caused a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) into Piscataway Creek.  The overflow began Monday at 11:05 p.m. from a manhole in the right of way at 14300 Indian Head Highway, Accokeek, and ended at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The SSO initially went unreported because the manhole sits in the creek bed of Piscataway Creek and was submerged. A crew attempted to inspect the area but weather conditions were too dangerous.  Another inspection was attempted Tuesday morning, but high water levels again prevented close inspection. Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m., crews were able to inspect and visually confirm the manhole was no longer overflowing.  Using flow meter calculations Wednesday morning, staff estimated that over 100,000 gallons of diluted wastewater overflowed from the manhole.

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 area.

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 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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