Excessive Rainfall Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflow at Pumping Station Near Damascus

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Update:  June 24, 2014:  Updated to reflect the overflow occurred from a manhole near the Spring Gardens WWPS, not from the facility itself.

Laurel – May 16, 2014:  Excessive rainfall caused a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) from a manhole near the Spring Gardens  Wastewater Pumping Station located at 25101 Kings Valley Road in Damascus, MD. It is important to note that WSSC’s drinking water system is separate from the wastewater system and is NOT affected by the overflows.

The SSO began when excessive rainfall entered the sewer system near the pumping station. This excessive storm water overwhelmed the pumps, causing water to flow from a nearby manhole. The SSO began just after 6:00 a.m. and ended just after 9:00 a.m. Some debris from the SSO made its way into Little Bennett Creek, which is part of the Monocacy Basin. The total amount of the SSO is estimated to be 45,000 gallons.

Notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Montgomery County Department of the Environment, and local municipalities. WSSC crews have posted signs and have performed all necessary cleanup in the affected area.

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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