7:00 PM UPDATE - Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Oxon Hill Has Stopped
Repair Process to Leaking Sewer Main Will Begin Thursday
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – May 6, 2015 – A sewer overflow in Oxon Hill that was reported to WSSC Sunday evening and confirmed at 9:45 p.m. ended at approximately 5:30 p.m. tonight.
Crews have put 3,500 feet of temporary pipe (eight inches in diameter) in place to divert the wastewater from the leaking 14-inch pipe in the area of 139 N. Huron Drive.
It is estimated that 15,000 gallons of wastewater overflowed.
A second, 3,500-foot section of temporary sewer pipe (eight inches in diameter) is also being put in place and will be used if the flow of wastewater exceeds the capacity of the temporary pipe that’s already in use.
The repair process will begin on Thursday as crews put a camera inside the pipe to determine the extent of the damage. WSSC will then make appropriate repairs. Once the pipe is back in service, the temporary pipe and related equipment will be removed and the area will be restored as closely as possible to its original condition.
Signs warning residents of the overflow have been posted. Some wastewater did reach Oxon Run and signs are also posted near the waterway.
It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. This overflow did NOT affecting WSSC’s drinking water system.
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.