WSSC Weathers Sandy
Systems Online – Water Safe to Drink
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – October 30, 2012: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) suffered only a few problems due to Hurricane Sandy thus far and our major facilities remained online. Overall, The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) came through Sandy very well and with no major disruptions to our customers that can be attributed directly to the storm. "We credit our preparations, the efforts of our employees who worked through the storm and a lot of luck considering the strength of Sandy," said Jay Price, Chief of Plant Operations and WSSC's emergency manager. "We sympathize with those who didn't do as well, especially our fellow utility operators to the north where damage was much, much worse."
WSSC did experience two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) overnight.
The Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping station at 10315 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD overflowed for about an hour last night due to the heavy rains. No word yet on how many gallons spilled. This is due to the excess water seeping into cracked sewer pipes that are in need of repair. They are in the process of being repaired as part of the Consent Decree.
Our Fort Washington Forest #1 Pumping station at 12800 Monroe Avenue began overflowing just after 8pm and stopped at 9:50am, again because of heavy rains. Still no word on the amount of overflow.
None of these overflows, or overflows in neighboring jurisdictions affects our drinking water. The water is safe to drink. WSSC's Potomac and Patuxent water filtration plants are operating normally.
Several small facilities lost power or suffered interruptions in power. In most cases, generators were activated. None had any major impact on the system.
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.