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

Drinking Water System Not Affected

| News 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.

WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.

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