*** Correction: Ft. Washington Estates WWPS SSO Volume*** Excessive Rainfall Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflows in Prince George’s County

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – August 13, 2014: Excessive rainfall on Tuesday caused three Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) at separate WSSC wastewater pump stations in Ft. Washington. It is important to note that WSSC’s drinking water system is separate from the wastewater system and is NOT affected by the overflows.

  1. Fort Washington Estates Wastewater Pumping Station (WWPS) at 11326 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington, MD, began overflowing at 2:30 p.m. on August 12 and ended at 3:55 p.m. the same day. The estimated volume of the overflow is 1915 gallons.
  2. Broad Creek WWPS at 10315 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD, began overflowing at 3:53 p.m. on August 12 and ended at 8:16 p.m. on the same day. The estimated volume of the overflow is 900,000 gallons.
  3. Fort Washington Forest #1 WWPS at 12800 Monroe Avenue, Fort Washington, MD, began overflowing at 4:18 p.m. on August 12 and ended at 5:50 p.m. the same day. The estimated volume of the overflow is 950 gallons.

Notifications were made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department on Tuesday. WSSC crews are posting signs in the affected areas and will perform all necessary cleanups when the water recedes.

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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