WSSC Continues Restoration in Olney

Final Estimate on Spill, Just Over Two Million Gallons

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – March 12, 2013: WSSC’s final estimate on the wastewater discharged along the Reddy Branch Creek in Olney is just over two million gallons. The spill is the result of a broken sewer main which occurred last week. The final repairs were completed early Saturday morning, March 9, 2013.

Clean up and restoration began immediately and will continue for several days. WSSC met yesterday with representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) to review progress of the clean up. The work includes restoration of all pavement, storm drainage systems, affected plants, and the removal of all cut trees and the planting of new ones.

The break in the 16” force (pressurized) sewer main was discovered on March 7, 2013. In order to make the repairs the Reddy Branch Wastewater Pumping Station was shut down. That caused sewage to spill from that site as well. The repair efforts were complicated by the location of the pipe and the weather.

The cause of the break has not yet been determined.

WSSC is subject to fines by MDE following the review of a final report on the incident.

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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