Sanitary Sewer Overflow Into Cabin John Watershed Basin

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – March 4, 2014: There was a Sanitary Sewer Overflow near 6120 Executive Boulevard in Rockville that started at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 1 and ended that afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

It is estimated that 15,810 gallons of untreated, diluted wastewater entered an unnamed creek that is part of the Cabin John watershed basin at a rate of 50 gallons per minute.  The wastewater overflowed from a manhole caused by rags and roots creating a blockage in the sewer main.

Notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Montgomery County Health Department, and local municipalities. WSSC crews have addressed the situation. Signs have been posted warning citizens to avoid the overflow area and lime has been spread to treat the site.

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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