Estimated Amount of Sanitary Sewer Overflow at Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station
Drinking Water System Not Affected
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – June 22, 2015: The Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station in Ft. Washington experienced excessive flows on Saturday during the heavy rainfall which resulted in a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) totaling approximately 370,000 gallons.
The overflow of diluted wastewater started at about 11:07 p.m. on Saturday night and was stopped at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. Rainfall at the nearby Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant totaled 2.7 inches.
WSSC crews have posted signs in the affected area and notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Prince George’s County Health Department, and local municipalities.
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.