WSSC Responds to Two Sewage Overflows at the Western Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant

Drinking Water Not Affected Events Occurred During Weekend Severe Weather

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – July 31, 2017: WSSC crews quickly responded to two sewage overflows at the Western Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant located at 6600 Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro on Saturday, July 29.

The first event occurred at approximately 5:45 a.m. and lasted for about 15 minutes. Wastewater flows at the plant were extremely high due to the heavy rains, causing a manhole on the plant grounds to overflow. The manhole is located prior to the start of the treatment process. It is estimated that 100,000 gallons of wastewater overflowed from the manhole and entered Western Branch.

The second event occurred at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and lasted for about 12 minutes. A pipe connected to a temporary bypass pump broke causing an estimated 20,000 gallons of wastewater to overflow on plant grounds.

Appropriate notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department. Signs have been posted at both sites and WSSC crews have cleaned up all affected 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 backup 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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