WSSC Stops Sanitary Sewer Overflow at the Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station in Prince George’s County Drinking Water System Not Affected

Investigation into Cause will be Conducted

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – August 10, 2019 – WSSC crews worked around the clock yesterday to stop a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) at its Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station in the Fort Washington area of southern Prince George’s County. The SSO began at approximately 11:12 a.m. on Friday and was stopped about 12 hours later at 11:37 p.m. The pumping station, which has resumed normal operations, is located at 10315 Livingston Road.

The total volume of the overflow is estimated to be 5.22 million gallons of untreated wastewater, which flowed into Broad Creek. Crews have cleaned up the impacted area around the station and applied lime to mitigate the odor. Sixteen signs have been posted warning residents about the overflow and alerting them to avoid the area. WSSC also used its Customer Notification System shortly after the SSO began yesterday to alert residents that the overflow was impacting Broad Creek.

An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the overflow. Preliminary reports indicate a pipe buried approximately 30-feet deep at the station may have failed.

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