Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Oxon Hill
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – May 5, 2015 – There is a leak on a 14-inch pressurized sewer main located near 139 N. Huron Drive in Oxon Hill which is causing a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO). The SSO was discovered about 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening and is ongoing.
It is now estimated that the SSO will exceed 10,000 gallons by approximately 6 p.m. tonight.
A contractor for WSSC has mobilized to set up equipment that will allow the wastewater to be pumped around the leaking section of pipe. It could take several days for the bypass operation to be put in place. Seven thousand feet of temporary pipe (see photo) must be run from the area of the leak to the nearest manhole. Once that is completed crews will make the necessary repairs to the leaking main.
Most of the overflow is being contained to a drainage swale in the area; however some of the wastewater is reaching Oxon Run. The area where the leak is occurring has been taped off and 20 signs have been posted in the affected area warning residents of the overflow.
An updated news release will be issued once the bypass operation is complete and the SSO has ended.
It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. This SSO is 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.