WSSC Water Crews Quickly Respond to and Stop Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Fort Washington

Private Contractor Not Working for WSSC Water Hit Sewer Main While Excavating

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Drinking Water System Not Impacted

Laurel, Md. – December 31, 2020 – WSSC Water crews quickly responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) near 12200 Clear Creek Drive in Fort Washington. The SSO began on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at 2:12 p.m. and ended at 9:05 p.m.

The overflow volume is estimated to be 12,384 gallons of untreated wastewater that entered a nearby creek. Signs have been posted alerting residents to avoid the area while repairs are made.

The SSO was caused when a private contractor not working for WSSC Water accidentally hit the 8-inch sewer main during excavation for a construction project. WSSC Water immediately dispatched crews and repair equipment to set up a temporary bypass pumping operation to move the wastewater around the broken section of pipe and end the overflow.

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 5,600 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 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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