WSSC Responds to On-Site Pipe Break at Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant in Accokeek

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – August 17, 2017 – WSSC crews have stopped an on-site spill at the Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant at 11 Farmington Road West in Accokeek, Maryland. The spill occurred at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, as a result of an on-site pipe break. The pipe was carrying water that had been through the entire wastewater treatment process except for final disinfection. WSSC stopped the spill at approximately 11:43 p.m. yesterday and estimates 17,000 gallons of utility water went into Piscataway Creek through the storm drainage located on plant grounds. Crews are in the process on fixing the broken pipe.

It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. This spill does NOT affect WSSC’s drinking water.

WSSC has cleaned the area and will post signs. The appropriate notifications have been made to 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 nearly 5,700 miles of sewer mains throughout its service area. 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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