WSSC Crews Install Temporary Bypass to Stop Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Rockville

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – January 27, 2018 – Working throughout the night, WSSC crews installed a temporary bypass to end the Sanitary Sewer Overflow located in a wooded right-of-way near 1717 Redgate Farms Court in Rockville. The overflow started at around 4:10 p.m. on Friday and ended at 2:10 a.m. on Saturday when WSSC crews completed the over-pumping installation.

The overflow discharged an estimated 42,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into Rock Creek. The overflow cause is under investigation.

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 Montgomery County Department of Environmental Health.

A total of 20 signs have been posted in the area of the overflow. WSSC will take all appropriate measures to clean up the impacted area.

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 back up 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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