Sanitary Sewer Overflow at WSSC’s Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant

Drinking Water System NOT Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – December 15, 2015 – On Monday morning, WSSC’s Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant in Accokeek experienced a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that started at approximately 8:53 a.m. and ended at 9:58 a.m.

The overflow occurred due to a malfunctioning valve on the plant’s tertiary filter, causing the water to rise over its capacity. An estimated 24,000 gallons of diluted wastewater reached a storm drain and is believed some may have reached Piscataway Creek.

As a precaution, WSSC has posted 17 signs throughout the affected area and appropriate notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department.

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 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.

In addition to any notification required by law, WSSC is voluntarily providing this notice, upon request, as a public service. This notice is provided for informational purposes only, confers no rights upon anyone and creates no duties or obligations on the part of WSSC. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided in this notice is correct, WSSC assumes no liability for any inaccuracies that may be present. Any recipient of this message is advised to rely solely upon official public notifications issued by the Commission pursuant to applicable law.

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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