4PM UPDATE: Sanitary Sewer Overflow on BW Parkway Ended at 12:45 P.M
Cleanup Efforts Set to Begin
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – August 18, 2016 – There was a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) in the median of the Baltimore Washington Parkway between Route 410 and Route 450, closest address is 4623 Red Hawk Terrace, Bladensburg.
The overflow was caused by a broken sewer main that began at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday and ended at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday. A WSSC contractor set up a bypass around the broken pipe to end the overflow. An estimated 366,444 gallons of untreated wastewater discharged into an unknown tributary in the Northeast Branch Basin.
Signs have been posted downstream informing residents of the overflow. WSSC has obtained permission from the National Park Service and has coordinated with U.S. Park Police to begin the cleanup of the overflow site. WSSC crews will spread lime to the affected area, remove visible solids and debris and post additional signs.
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.
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.