Sanitary Sewer Overflow into Reddy Branch Creek
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – March 5, 2013: Sewage from a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) is entering Reddy Branch Creek in a wooded area near 19612 Olney Mill Road, in Olney, Maryland. The SSO is the result of a break in a 16-inch force main. A force main is a sewer main under pressure, as opposed to other mains which use gravity. The overflow began today at 11:30 a.m. and is ongoing as of 4:30 p.m. Diluted wastewater is overflowing at a rate of 100 gallons per minute.
A WSSC contractor is on the scene and addressing the situation. The Reddy Branch Wastewater Pumping Station was shut down to relieve pressure so the main could be repaired, but pump trucks carrying sewage from the station were unable to keep up and there is some sewage overflowing there as well.
Signs warning citizens to avoid the overflow area are being posted and WSSC crews will be cleaning up any debris.
The cause is still undetermined. We will provide additional information once the break has been repaired and we have more details.
The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Montgomery County Department of the Environmental Protection have been notified of the situation.
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.