Tropical Storm Isaias’ Heavy Rainfall Causes Sewerage Overflows in Prince George’s County
Drinking Water System Not Impacted
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel, Md. – August 4, 2020 – WSSC Water crews quickly responded to two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) in Prince George’s County caused by today’s excessive rainfall from Tropical Storm Isaias – one in Accokeek and one in Fort Washington.
The SSO in Accokeek near 14313 Indian Head Highway began at approximately 10:36 a.m. and the SSO in Fort Washington near 13818 Piscataway Drive began at approximately 11:08 a.m. The total overflow volume for both overflows is estimated to exceed 10,000 gallons of untreated wastewater.
WSSC Water crews will clean up impacted areas with lime and straw. Four signs have been posted at both overflow sites alerting residents to avoid the areas.
It is important to note that the water and wastewater systems are separate. The overflows are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.