Excessive Rainfall Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflow at WSSC’s Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station
Drinking Water System Not Affected
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel, Md. – October 12, 2018 – Heavy rainfall overnight led to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow at WSSC’s Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station, located at 10315 Livingston Road in Fort Washington.
The overflow started on Thursday, October 11 at approximately 10:26 pm and ended at approximately 2:30 am on Friday, October 12. The volume of the overflow is estimated to be 821,304 gallons of diluted wastewater, which entered a drainage ditch that leads to Broad Creek.
Five of the station’s six pumps were operating last night and today during the heavy rainfall. That is considered a “safe” pumping capacity for the station. One pump was out of service for mechanical repair. The significant amount of rain in a short period of time overwhelmed the pumping capacity.
WSSC crews have cleaned up debris around the station, spread lime to neutralize odors as a result of the overflow and posted 16 signs warning residents to avoid the area.
It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. This overflow did not affect WSSC’s drinking water.
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 5,500 miles of sewer mains throughout its service area, WSSC appreciates notification from citizens of a sewer overflow or water main break. Please call our 24-hour Emergency Call Center at 301-206-4002 to report water or sewer emergencies in Montgomery or Prince George's counties. Customers can also report emergencies via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and those customers who have smart phones can report emergencies using the WSSC Mobile App.
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.