Sanitary Sewer Overflow

Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station, Ft. Washington

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Maryland – October 12, 2013: Excessive rainfall in the region caused a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) at the Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station at 10315 Livingston Road in Ft. Washington. It began at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Friday ended at about 12:30 a.m. today.

The amount of untreated, diluted wastewater that entered Broad Creek has not yet been determined. Heavy rain lead to high flow that exceeded the pump station capacity.

Notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department. WSSC crews will post signs in the area today and perform necessary cleanup.

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 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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