***UPDATE*** Sanitary Sewer Overflow into Reddy Branch Creek Continues
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – March 6, 2013: Sewage from a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) continues to enter Reddy Branch Creek, initially at a wooded area near 19612 Olney Mill Road, in Olney, Maryland. The SSO was discovered yesterday morning at 11:30, from a 16-inch force main. A force main is a sewer main under pressure, as opposed to other mains which use gravity. Now most of the overflow is coming from manholes near the Reddy Branch Wastewater Pumping station at 2611 Brighton Dam Road in the Brookeville/Olney area. The pumping station was shut down to relieve pressure on the force main and facilitate repair of the break. The flow rate has varied, ranging up to 500 gallons per minute. People staying home because of the storm may be adding to the flow.
A WSSC contractor is on the scene. While workers have found the pipe, they have not pinpointed the break. The pipe is located near several other underground utility lines which is making the effort more difficult.
Signs warning citizens to avoid the overflow areas have been posted and WSSC crews will be cleaning up any debris.
The cause remains 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.