UPDATE: Browns Bridge Recreation Area Remains Closed

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

LAUREL, MD – August 26, 2015: WSSC is extending the closure of the Browns Bridge Recreation Area until September 11th. This decision follows the most recent break on a 20-inch pressurized sewer main that occurred on August 12 in Olney and the resulting Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO).

This SSO was mostly contained to grassy areas with minimal impact to the area waterways. Additionally, WSSC contractors pumped additional sewage from the affected areas reducing the total overflow volume for the SSO to 270,791 gallons.

This overflow does not affect the drinking water. In addition, WSSC’s method of water filtration that treats drinking water includes disinfection as part of the process. WSSC continues to voluntarily increase water testing to monitor the quality of the stream, river and reservoirs.

Signs are posted at WSSC’s Browns Bridge Recreation Area notifying residents that the recreation area is closed. Sanitary Sewer Overflow signs remain posted along the following roads in the affected area: Maryland Route 108, New Hampshire Avenue, Mink Hollow Road, Chandlee Mill Road, Haviland Mill Road and Pyrite Lane. Signs are currently posted warning residents to avoid the affected area, including signs around Lake Hallowell.

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. Contact 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 to emergencycallcenter@wsscwater.com or via 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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