Update on Sewage Overflow Near Mattawoman Creek

October 31, 2012

In accordance with the guidelines established by the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Charles County Department of Public Works – Utilities and the Charles County Department of Health report that an accidental sewage overflow occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the intersection of Hawthorne and Livingston Roads in La Plata near Mattawoman Creek in the 20640 zip code.

According to the Department of Public Works – Utilities, the overflow was associated with the heavy rain that occurred during Hurricane Sandy. The flow ceased on Oct. 30 at approximately 7 p.m.

The amount of sewage spilled is insignificant in comparison to the excessive flow in the Mattawoman Creek resulting from the heavy rains. Impact to the environment is minimal.

An advisory has been posted at the gate to the creek area, alerting the public to avoid contact with the creek and keep away from the area until further notice. Additional signs will be posted along Mattawoman Creek once it is back within its banks, and it is safe to do so. The advisory will be in effect until otherwise notified by the Department of Public Works – Utilities.

The Department of Public Works – Utilities will be sampling the affected water both upstream and downstream of the overflow during the next 10-14 days.

For more information, call the Department of Public Works – Utilities at 301-609-7400, or the Health Department at 301-609-6759.

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