Sanitary Sewer Overflow Update

Excessive Rainfall A Contributing Factor

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel   – May 2, 2014: The Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station (WWPS) at 10315 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, experienced a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) on April 30. After careful analysis, the Commission estimates that the total volume is 1,200,000 gallons. The high flows from the excessive rainfall are the cause of the overflow.
 
The SSO event began overflowing highly diluted wastewater at approximately 5:45 p.m. and ended at 12:16 a.m. on May 1. It is important to note that WSSC’s drinking water system is separate from the wastewater system and is NOT affected by the overflow.
 
Notifications haven been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department. WSSC crews posted signs in the affected areas and perform all necessary cleanups when the overflow ends. 
 
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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