WSSC Responds to Pressure Sewer Main Break Near Wastewater Pumping Station in Bowie

Drinking Water System NOT Impacted

| News Release



Laurel, Md. – December 4, 2018 – WSSC is responding to an ongoing Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) near the Horsepen Wastewater Pumping Station located at 8500 Race Track Road in the Bowie area of Prince George’s County. The SSO is a result of a broken 18-inch pressurized sewer main discovered today at 10:58 a.m. Calculations indicate the overflow volume is approximately 2,000 gallons per minute flowing into Horsepen Branch Creek. The amount of overflow is being carefully monitored and updates will be provided.

WSSC has mobilized contractors with heavy equipment to repair the broken pressurized main. The break is located in a heavily wooded area along the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis (WB&A) Trail. Due to the location, the contractor will need to build a temporary access road and bridge to allow equipment to reach the break. WSSC estimates it will take approximately two days for crews to build the access road before repairs can begin.

It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. This overflow is NOT affecting WSSC’s drinking water.

Several signs have been placed along the WB&A Trail near the break to alert residents to avoid the area. Portions of the trail near the break have been closed to allow crews to make repairs. Once the overflow has stopped, WSSC will take all appropriate measures to clean up the impacted area. Notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) 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 notifications from citizens if a sewer overflow or water main break is suspected. Citizens can call WSSC’s 24-hour Emergency Call Center at 301-206-4002 to report water or sewer emergencies in Prince George’s or Montgomery counties. Customers can also report emergencies via email at or via 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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