Over 5 Million Gallons of Wastewater Overflow into Broad Creek in Southern Prince George’s County

August 11, 2019

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) crews worked around the clock on August 9, 2019 ,to stop a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) at its Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station in the Fort Washington area of southern Prince George’s County. The SSO began at approximately 11:12 a.m. on Friday and was stopped about 12 hours later at 11:37 p.m. The pumping station, which has resumed normal operations, is located at 10315 Livingston Road.

The total volume of the overflow is estimated to be 5.22 million gallons of untreated wastewater, which flowed into Broad Creek. Crews have cleaned up the impacted area around the station and applied lime to mitigate the odor. Sixteen signs have been posted warning residents about the overflow and alerting them to avoid the area. WSSC also used its Customer Notification System shortly after the SSO began yesterday to alert residents that the overflow was impacting Broad Creek.

An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the overflow. Preliminary reports indicate a pipe buried approximately 30-feet deep at the station may have failed.

It is important to note that WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate. This overflow is not affecting WSSC’s drinking water.

Notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George’s County Health Department.


7 Responses to Over 5 Million Gallons of Wastewater Overflow into Broad Creek in Southern Prince George’s County

  1. Baud9600 on August 11, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Of course they don’t tell you that the facilities in Southern P.G. are way beyond capacity and that they store untreated sewage in their major trunk lines (along Piscataway & Broad Creeks) as far back as Clinton & Oxon Hill. But don’t worry the (WSSC) Commissioners are well qualified to understand and address the problem. NOT!!!

    • PoopsEverywhere on August 11, 2019 at 10:40 pm

      And it finally hit the fan. System is screwed up and it’s gonna happen again. The Potomac doesn’t stand a chance anymore.

  2. UrbanRenewl on August 11, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Wow! PG County wasn’t feeling well, so it threw up! Feeling betta’ now?

  3. Yawn on August 12, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Any and every thing coming from PG County is either trash sewerage –

    so this is really no shock to anyone.

    • Anonymous on August 12, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      I guess sewage knows where friends come from

  4. Anonymous on August 12, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Why do you never see this in the north part of the county? All we hear is how the county exec is going to make PG County nice again & look good well SEWAGE does not look or smell good. Its the same old stuff in PG all talk no action. If WSSC was a private company there would be all hell to pay, fines & lawsuits. But its the government so nothing will happen.

  5. FecalMatters on August 12, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    These types of line breaks are not as evident in the southern part of the county, as they easily blend in with the present indigenous population.