*** 7:00 p.m. Update *** WSSC Reduces the Volume of Water Being Released from Brighton and Duckett Dams
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – January 31, 2013:The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has substantially reduced the amount of water it’s releasing from both Brighton Dam in Brookeville and T. Howard Duckett Dam in Laurel.
The rate at which water is being released will continue to be reduced overnight; however WSSC expects to continue releasing water over the next few days. The exact duration and volume of the release will depend on the weather.
WSSC continues to coordinate with the City of Laurel and other government agencies to manage the flooding of the Patuxent River that occurred downstream of Duckett Dam.
Water was coming into Rocky Gorge Reservoir at a rate of 4 Billion Gallons per Day (BGD). At the peak today, WSSC released water at a rate of 3.7 BGD from the dam.
WSSC continuously monitors the level of the Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge Reservoirs to determine when and how much water should be released from the dams. In anticipation of the rainfall, WSSC released water from Duckett Dam on Wednesday; however the amount of rainfall was significantly greater than what was expected. The land around the reservoirs was already saturated leading to a large amount of runoff into the reservoirs, which contributed to the rising water levels. Release of water from the dams is a precautionary measure to protect the dam structures.
Brighton Dam went into service in 1944 and the T. Howard Duckett Dam went into service in 1954. Brighton Dam created the Triadelphia Reservoir and Duckett Dam created the Rocky Gorge Reservoir. The primary purpose of both is to provide source drinking water for approximately 600,000 WSSC customers.
For information about the flooding the media can contact Pete Piringer with the City of Laurel at 240-372-3749.
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.