WSSC Responds to Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Rockville
Drinking Water System Not Affected
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel, Md. – January 26, 2018 – WSSC is working to contain a Sanitary Sewer Overflow located in a wooded right-of-way near 1717 Redgate Farms Court in Rockville. WSSC was made aware of the overflowing manhole around 4:10 p.m. today.
Early calculations indicate that the overflow has exceeded 16,000 gallons and is ongoing into Rock Creek. WSSC has mobilized contractors to set up over-pumping equipment to divert the wastewater from the overflowing manhole to another nearby manhole. Once the bypass equipment has been installed, WSSC crews will determine the cause and clear blockages/make all necessary repairs.
It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. This overflow is NOT affecting WSSC’s drinking water.
WSSC is working around the clock to put the necessary equipment in place to divert the flow until the pipe repairs can be made. The amount of the overflow is being carefully monitored and updates will be provided.
Notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and Montgomery County Department of Environmental Health.
Signs will be posted in the area of the overflow. Once the overflow has stopped, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.