** Final Update ** Brookeville Sanitary Sewer Overflow Total
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – October 31, 2013: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) estimates the total of the Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) in Brookeville into Reddy Branch Creek to be 269,325 gallons.
The SSO began at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and ended just before 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
A 16-inch pressurized sewer main located in a heavily wooded area near the 200 block of Market Street in Brookeville broke. The Reddy Branch Wastewater Pumping Station on Brighton Dam Road, which is just a few hundred feet from the site of the break had to be shut down while the main was repaired.
Septic haulers were brought in to reduce the amount of wastewater that went into the creek. They were able to haul away a total of 241,200 gallons of wastewater.
The pumping station went back into service Wednesday evening, shortly after the pipe was fixed.
WSSC learned of the break after a resident walking his dog on Tuesday noticed the ground was unusually saturated and alerted crews who were working at the pumping station.
“We want to thank the resident who took the time and made the effort to tell our crew,” said Jerry N. Johnson, General Manager/CEO. “When a pipe fails, especially in a remote area, we don’t always know about it immediately. But when someone gives us a heads up, we can immediately respond. In this case, a quick response meant less of an impact on the environment.”
WSSC’s drinking water system was not affected by the SSO. The Commission’s water and sewer systems are separate. Our method of water filtration that prepares the drinking water includes disinfection as part of the process. And, as always, testing of the water is conducted continuously.
Signs warning citizens to avoid the overflow area have been posted and restoration efforts are underway. The Maryland Department of the Environment, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, and local Municipalities have been notified of the situation.
Customers with questions should call the WSSC Emergency Customer Call Center at 301-206-4002.
WSSC is committed to protecting the health of the public and the environment. With more than 5,400 miles of sewer mains throughout its service area, WSSC appreciates notification from citizens if a sewer back up or water main break 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. Customers can also report emergencies via email at EmergencyCallCenter@wsscwater.com and those customers who have smart phones can report emergencies using the WSSC Mobile App.
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.