Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Hyattsville

Caused by log stuck in pipe

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – August 26, 2013: A log stuck in a sewer main caused a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) in the right-of-way at 7400 Village Green Terrace in Hyattsville. It started at 12:29 pm today and was stopped at 3:50 pm.

Approximately 10,050 gallons of untreated sewage overflowed into an unknown creek in the Beaverdam Branch Basin.

A WSSC crew was in the area and smelled the odor of sewage. They investigated the smell, located the blockage, fixed it and cleaned up the area. Four signs will be posted warning citizens to avoid the area and lime will be spread.
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Notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department.

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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