WSSC Water Crews Quickly Respond to Two Sewer Overflows Caused by Heavy Rainfall in Prince George’s County

Drinking Water System Not Impacted

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – August 14, 2020 – WSSC Water crews quickly responded to two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) yesterday in Prince George’s County caused by excessive rainfall - one in Accokeek and the other in Fort Washington. Both overflows stopped yesterday evening.

The SSO in Accokeek was located near 14313 Indian Head Highway began at 11:30 a.m. and ended at 9:30 p.m. The total overflow volume is estimated at approximately 75,000 gallons of untreated diluted wastewater.

The second SSO in Fort Washington was located near 13818 Piscataway Drive began at 2 p.m. and ended at 9:20 p.m. The total overflow volume is estimated at approximately 12,500 gallons of untreated diluted wastewater.

The overflow from both SSOs entered nearby Piscataway Creek. Because excessive rainfall caused both overflows, no repairs are necessary. WSSC Water crews carefully monitored both sites and will clean impacted areas with lime and straw now that the excess wastewater volume in the pipes has subsided, thereby stopping the overflows. Signs are posted at both locations alerting residents to avoid the areas.

It is important to note that WSSC Water’s sewer and water systems are separate. The overflows are NOT affecting 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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