Excessive Rainfall Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflow at the Fort Washington Estates Wastewater Pumping Station

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – June 3, 2018 – Heavy rainfall in the Fort Washington area on Saturday, June 2 caused a Sanitary Sewer Overflow at the Fort Washington Estates Wastewater Pumping Station, located at 13326 Fort Washington Rd.

The overflow started at approximately 2:26 pm and ended at approximately 4:30 pm. The volume of the overflow is estimated to be 17,100 gallons of diluted wastewater.

The pumping station was fully operational, however the excessive rainfall overwhelmed the pumping capacity. Signs warning residents to avoid the immediate area of the pumping station have been posted.

It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. This overflow did not affect WSSC’s drinking water.

Appropriate 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 emergencycallcenter@wsscwater.com 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.

 

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