WSSC Responds to Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Broad Creek 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. – January 27, 2018 – WSSC crews responded to a sanitary sewer overflow today at the Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station at 10315 Livingston Road, Ft Washington, Md. 20744. The overflow began at 4:39 p.m. and ended 14 minutes later at 4:53 p.m. Approximately 117,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was released into a drainage channel that flows into Broad Creek.

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

WSSC crews are in the process of identifying the cause of the overflow. Appropriate notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department. A total of 16 signs have been posted at the overflow site.

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 if a sewer back up is suspected. Citizens can call 301-206-4002 or toll free 1-800-828-6439 at any time to report water or sewer emergencies in Prince George's or Montgomery counties.

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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