WSSC Continues Working on Sewer Overflow in Olney

Asks Customers in the Area to Continue to Reduce Water Usage

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Laurel – March 8, 2013: WSSC crews and contractors continue repair work on the break of a 16” sewer main that is causing the Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) into Reddy Branch Creek, in Olney, Maryland. WSSC asks that customers continue to reduce their water usage, if possible, to help lessen the flow entering the creek. WSSC is also hauling overflow from the nearby pumping station using trucks to help reduce the flow into the waterway.

After locating the break Thursday afternoon, crews continue to dig underground to clear the area around the damaged pipe. Other underground utility lines located near the pipe are making the excavation more difficult.

The drinking water was never threatened and remains safe! Our method of water filtration that prepares the drinking water for our customers includes disinfection as part of the process. And, as always, testing of the water is conducted continuously. It is also important to note that sewer and water are two completely distinct pipe systems.

As of today, the total estimated gallons overflowed is just over 1.5 million. Signs warning citizens to avoid the overflow will remain in the area and WSSC crews will continue to clean up any debris. The Maryland Department of the Environment, the Montgomery County Department of the Environmental Protection and the Montgomery County Health Department remain updated on the situation.

Customers with questions should call the WSSC Emergency Customer Call Center at 301-206-4002.

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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