WSSC Water Crews Quickly Respond to and Stop Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Oxon Hill

Drinking Water System Not Impacted

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – July 27, 2020 – WSSC Water crews quickly responded to and stopped a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) in a heavily wooded area near 1401 Jarvis Court in Oxon Hill. The SSO was confirmed at approximately 1:15 p.m. today and stopped at 10:02 p.m.

The total overflow volume is estimated to be 26,350 gallons of untreated wastewater.

The broken 18-inch diameter sewer pipe is in a stream bed located in a densely wooded area. All repair equipment, including bypass pumps and the replacement pipe, had to be carried to the site by hand. Crews set up a temporary bypass pumping operation to move the wastewater around the broken section of pipe.                         

The cause of the SSO is believed to be significant erosion to the stream bed. WSSC Water will make permanent repairs to the sewer pipe this week.

Six signs have been posted alerting residents to avoid the area while repairs are made.

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

WSSC Water has made appropriate notifications to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department. 

WSSC Water 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 Water appreciates notifications from citizens if a sewer overflow or water main break is suspected. Citizens can call WSSC Water’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 Water Mobile App.

WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.

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