WSSC Water Crews Quickly Respond to and Stop Sanitary Sewer Overflow in Oxon Hill
Drinking Water System Not Impacted
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel, Md. – May 18, 2020 – WSSC Water crews quickly responded to and stopped a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) in a heavily wooded area near 1903 Knoll Drive in Oxon Hill. The SSO was confirmed this morning at 8:41 a.m. and stopped at 4:39 p.m. The total volume of the overflow is estimated to be 35,865 gallons of untreated wastewater that flowed into Oxon Run.
Crews mobilized quickly to set up a temporary bypass pumping operation which ended the SSO by moving the wastewater around the broken section of 12-inch diameter pipe.
The cause of the SSO is believed to be significant stream erosion and downed trees, which damaged the pipe. WSSC Water will make permanent repairs to the sewer pipe.
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 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.