Sanitary Sewer Overflow Caused by Rains

85,000 Gallons Flows into Piscataway Creek

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Laurel – July 15, 2013: A Sanitary Sewer overflow SSO from a manhole near 14300 Indian Head Highway, Accokeek, Maryland just outside WSSC’s Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant, began at 9:50 a.m. July 12, 2013 and ended at 12:50 p.m., July 12, 2013.

It is estimated that 85,000 gallons of untreated, diluted wastewater entered PIscataway Creek. The cause of the SSO was determined to be high flows from recent rain storms that exceeded the pumping station’s capacity.

Notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department. WSSC crews have addressed the situation. Signs have been posted warning citizens to avoid the overflow area.

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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