Repairs Complete on Sewer Main in Olney

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – July 30, 2015 – Repairs are complete to a second leak on a 20-inch pressurized sewer main that was discovered when the main was put back in service yesterday near 2110 Rose Theatre Circle in Olney.

Because a second leak was detected, the pumping station was shut down for WSSC to conduct a closed circuit TV (CCTV) investigation of the sewer main. The findings revealed deterioration of the force main. An estimated total of 533,906 gallons of wastewater overflowed with a portion flowing into James Creek. The overflow was confirmed at 11:30 a.m. on July 29 and ended at approximately 5:15 a.m. on July 30.  Thirty signs are posted warning residents to avoid the affected area with an additional 20 signs posted around the lake. 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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