Sanitary Sewer Overflow

Roots Cause Blockage, Sewage Flows into Clopper Lake

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Laurel – January 30, 2013: Roots blocked a sewer line in a wooded area near 11509 Golden Post Lane in Gaithersburg, Md., causing a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) from a manhole into Clopper Lake. It began at 2:18 p.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2013 and ended at 8:00 p.m. that evening.

An estimated 10,260 gallons of untreated wastewater entered Clopper Lake. WSSC is conducting a closed circuit television inspection to check the sewer line for other potential problems. Notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. Ten signs were posted warning citizens to avoid the overflow area. WSSC crews will be restoring the affected area today.

WSSC is committed to protecting the health of the public and the environment. With nearly 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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