WSSC Responds to Wastewater Spill at Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility

Equipment Malfunction Causes Spill Drinking Water System Not Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – July 29, 2019 – WSSC crews responded to and repaired an equipment malfunction that led to a facility spill of partially treated wastewater at its Piscataway Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) in Accokeek on Sunday, July 28. The spill was discovered at 7:37 p.m. and stopped at 7:50 p.m. The volume of the spill is estimated to be 230,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater that entered a storm drain and flowed into Piscataway Creek.

It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. The overflow is not affecting WSSC’s drinking water.

The spill occurred as a result of a pump malfunction. WSSC crews quickly repaired the pump to stop the spill. Staff at the Piscataway WRRF have cleaned up the area and posted signs warning residents to avoid the area.

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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