WSSC Responds to Sanitary Sewer Overflow at Fort Washington Estates Wastewater Pumping Station

Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – December 29, 2018 – WSSC crews quickly responded to and repaired an equipment malfunction that lead to a sanitary sewer overflow at the Fort Washington Estates Wastewater Pumping Station in Prince George’s County on Friday, December 28. The volume of the overflow is estimated to be 14,000 gallons of diluted wastewater that went into a storm drain and flowed to Piscataway Creek.

The overflow began at approximately 2:58 p.m. and ended at approximately 4:26 p.m. WSSC personnel were alerted to an equipment malfunction at the station and quickly dispatched a technician to repair the device that controls the pumps. Crews have cleaned up the overflow area and posted warning signs at the facility.

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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