Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Kentland

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – March 8, 2016: There was a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SS0) near 7400 Village Green Drive in Kentland, on Monday, March 7.

The overflow, which started at approximately 8:42 a.m. Monday morning and ended at 5:21 p.m. Monday evening, was caused by a collapsed manhole. Crews activated an emergency sewer bypass to stop the SSO and begin repairs.

An estimated 10,380 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into a nearby creek in the Beaverdam Branch basin. Appropriate notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Prince George’s County Health Department and local municipalities.

WSSC crews spread lime in and around the affected area to help minimize the effects of the overflow. Additionally, seven signs have been posted informing residents of the overflow.

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 WSSC 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.

 

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