Excessive Rainfall Causes Two Sanitary Sewer Overflows In Prince George’s County

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – December 16, 2018 - Heavy rainfall this weekend caused two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) in Prince George’s County, one at WSSC’s Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station located on Livingston Road in Fort Washington, and the other near WSSC’s Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) located on Farmington Road in Accokeek.

The overflow at the Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station began on Saturday, December 15, at approximately 10:25 p.m. and ended at about 3:10 a.m. on Sunday, December 16. The volume of the overflow is estimated to be 690,000 gallons of diluted wastewater, which entered a drainage ditch that leads to Broad Creek. The station was fully operational, however the significant rainfall overwhelmed the station’s pumping capacity. WSSC crews cleared debris, cleaned around the station, and posted sixteen signs warning residents to avoid the area.

During the prolonged rain event, WSSC also responded to a SSO near its Piscataway WRRF, which started on Saturday, December 15, at about 8:45 p.m. The overflow stopped on Sunday, December 16, at about 10:41 a.m., and then restarted at about 1:30 p.m. and is currently ongoing. The wastewater is flowing into Piscataway Creek. Once this overflow stops, a total volume will be determined. The impacted area will be cleaned up and signs will be posted warning residents to avoid the area.

It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. These overflows are not affecting 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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