5:45 PM UPDATE: Repairs Underway on Sewer Main in Olney

Minimal Impact to Area Waterways

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – August 12, 2015 – Repairs continue on a 20-inch pressurized sewer main in Olney that caused raw sewage to flow from the pipe. This Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) was mostly contained to the grassy areas near the break site with minimal impact to the area waterways.

The Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) at the force main failure site began at approximately 6:30 am and ended at 10:00 am when the Olney Wastewater Pumping Station (WWPS) was shut down to facilitate repairs.  The estimated total volume from the force main failure is 110,880 gallons. Septic haulers are onsite at the WWPS transferring the wastewater entering Olney (WWPS) to a nearby sewer that feeds Reddy Branch WWPS, minimizing the environmental impact to nearby waterways. WSSC has completed the interior inspection of the force main via closed circuit television (CCTV), to better assess the condition of the sewer main to determine a long-term solution.

Signs are currently posted warning residents to avoid the affected area including Lake Hallowell. Browns Bridge Recreation Area remains closed from the two other recent breaks.

It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. The wastewater overflows do NOT affect WSSC’s drinking water system. Notifications have been made to Maryland Department of the Environment, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the surrounding community.

WSSC is committed to protecting the health of the public and the environment. WSSC appreciates notification from citizens if a sewer back up or water main break is suspected. Please call our 24 hour Emergency Call Center at 301-206-4002 to report water or sewer emergencies in Montgomery or Prince George's counties. Customers can also report emergencies via email at emergencycallcenter@wsscwater.com and those customers who have smart phones can report emergencies using the WSSC Mobile App.

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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