Leak Repair Completed on Sewer Main in Olney, But Second Leak Discovered

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – July 29, 2015 – A leak on a 20-inch pressurized sewer main that was discovered yesterday was repaired this morning.

An estimated total of 460,320 gallons of wastewater overflowed with a portion flowing into James Creek. WSSC crews went door to door alerting residents who live near the overflow. More than thirty signs were also posted warning residents to avoid the affected area.

The initial overflow began at approximately 4:12 p.m. on July 28 and ended at approximately 10:40 a.m. on July 29. The original leak was located near 2110 Rose Theatre Circle in Olney. Another leak was discovered once the main was back in service. Repairs on the second leak are set to begin shortly.

Restoration will be performed upon evaluation of the impacted areas.

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.

WSSC is committed to protecting the health of the public and the environment. With more than 5,400 miles of sewer mains throughout its service area, 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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