Excessive Rainfall Causes Sanitary Sewer Overflow at WSSC’s Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – June 4, 2018 – Heavy rainfall over the weekend led to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on Sunday, June 3, at WSSC’s Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station, located at 10315 Livingston Road in Fort Washington.

The overflow started at approximately 7:15 pm and ended at approximately 8:59 pm. The volume of the overflow is estimated to be 74,000 gallons of diluted wastewater.

The station was fully operational, however the significant rainfall overwhelmed the station’s pumping capacity. WSSC crews are clearing debris and cleaning around the station, and have 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 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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