WSSC Responds to Sewer Main Break in Prince George’s County

Drinking Water System Not Affected

| News Release



Laurel, Md. – July 30, 2018 – WSSC crews responded to a broken 15-inch sewer main yesterday, July 29, along the Northeast Branch waterway (5023 Riverdale Road) in Prince George’s County causing a sanitary sewer overflow. The overflow began at 8:05 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m. The total amount of untreated wastewater that flowed into the Northeast Branch was 23,760 gallons. WSSC crews set up pumping equipment yesterday to divert the flow around the broken section of pipe and notified contractors, who will make permanent repairs this week, weather permitting.

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

WSSC notified the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department. Signs were posted yesterday to warn people to avoid the 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 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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