Repairs Underway after Sewer Main in Brookeville Fails

Drinking Water Is Safe

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – October 30, 2013: WSSC crews are working to repair a broken 16-inch pressurized sewer main that was reported yesterday evening, causing untreated wastewater to flow into the Reddy Branch Creek.

The broken pipe is in a heavily wooded area near the 200 block of Market Street in Brookeville, which is just a few hundred feet from the Reddy Branch Wastewater Pumping Station on Brighton Dam Road in Montgomery County.

A resident walking his dog yesterday noticed the ground was unusually saturated and alerted WSSC crews who were working at the pumping station. The break was located in the woods about 6:30 p.m. A contractor has been brought in to make repairs.

The pumping station was shut down to relieve pressure on the sewer main while repairs to the pipe are being made. Septic tank trucks are continuously hauling away as much of the overflow as possible to reduce the amount of wastewater that flows into the creek.

As of 11:00 a.m. today, it is estimated that about 200,000 gallons of wastewater has flowed into the Reddy Branch Creek. Once repairs are completed and the pumping station resumes normal operations, WSSC will provide an updated overflow total.

It is important to note that the drinking water is safe. WSSC’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 in the area. The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection 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.

 

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