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

Drinking Water System NOT Affected

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel, Md. – September 11, 2020 – WSSC Water crews quickly responded to and stopped a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) from a manhole at 4605 Annapolis Road in Hyattsville that was caused by excessive rainfall.

The SSO was confirmed at 4:00 p.m. yesterday and stopped at 10:00 p.m. later that same day. The total volume of the overflow is estimated at 27,000 gallons of untreated diluted wastewater that was contained in an on-property construction excavation. 

Signs will be posted today. The area is being restored and lime and straw applied to site.

It is important to note that WSSC Water’s sewer and water systems are separate. The overflow is 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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