Excessive Rainfall Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflows

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – April 30, 2014: Excessive rainfall has caused Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) at two WSSC facilities in Prince George’s County. While both overflows are ongoing tonight, 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 Fort Washington Forest #1 Wastewater Pumping Station (WWPS) at 12800 Monroe Avenue, Fort Washington began overflowing untreated, diluted wastewater at approximately 5:30 p.m. and continues to overflow tonight. High flows caused by heavy rains induced high infiltration and inflow, despite both pumps being in full operation.

The Broad Creek WWPS at 10315 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, began overflowing at approximately 5:45 p.m. tonight. That overflow continues despite all six pumps running at the station. High flows as a result of the excessive rainfall are the cause of the overflow.

Notifications haven been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department. WSSC crews will post signs in the affected areas and perform all necessary cleanup when the overflows end. The Commission will also perform a complete analysis on the overflows to include a more precise start time, an end time and the total amount of each overflow.

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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