Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Broad Creek

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – July 29, 2017 – WSSC crews responded to a sanitary sewer overflow today at the Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station at 10315 Livingston Road, Ft Washington, Md. 20744. The overflow began this morning at 3:46 a.m. and ended less than an hour later at 4:39 a.m. Approximately 135,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was released into Broad Creek.

It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. This overflow is NOT affecting WSSC’s drinking water.

The overflow was caused by a power fluctuation at the pumping station, causing two pumps to shut down. An electrician quickly responded and repaired the electrical problem. Appropriate notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department. Sixteen signs were posted at the overflow site. WSSC crews picked up debris and lime was spread in grassy areas.

WSSC is committed to protecting the health of the public and the environment. With more than 5,600 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.

 

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