15,810 gallons of untreated wastewater spills into creek

LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission officials have released details about a "sanitary sewer overflow" in Rockville that occurred this weekend.

According to officials, an estimated "15,810 gallons of untreated, diluted wastewater entered an unnamed creek that is part of the Cabin John watershed basin at a rate of 50 gallons per minute." The creek is located near 6120 Executive Boulevard in Rockville.

From 11:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, officials say wastewater overflowed from a manhole cover. The overflow was caused by rags and roots creating a blockage in the sewer main.

The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Montgomery County Health Department were notified, say WSSC officials. Crews addressed the situation and signs were posted warning citizens to avoid the area.

WSSC reminds citizens that they can call 301-206-4002 or 1-800-828-6439 to report water or sewer emergencies in Prince George's or Montgomery counties.


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