WSSC Responds to Wastewater Spill at Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility

Equipment Malfunction Causes Spill

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Drinking Water System NOT Impacted

Laurel, Md. – August 28, 2018 – WSSC experienced a wastewater spill of approximately 12,000 gallons at its Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility (formerly known as a wastewater treatment plant) on Farmington Road in Accokeek. The spill started at 2:06 p.m. today and ended 10 minutes later at 2:16 p.m.

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

The spill occurred after a discharge hose on a pump came loose. Approximately 9,000 of the 12,000 gallons that spilled was contained and returned to the plant treatment process. The other 3,000 gallons soaked into a grassy area on the facility grounds. Crews are flushing the area with water and applying lime to neutralize any odors. No wastewater left the facility grounds or impacted a waterway.

WSSC has made appropriate notifications 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 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 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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