Sewer pipe collapses in Montgomery County, pouring 10,000 gallons of “untreated water” into stream – NBC4 Washington

More than 10,000 gallons of “untreated sewage” were expected to flow into Seneca Creek on Saturday after a sewer pipe collapsed in Montgomery County, Md., Water officials said.

The overflow was detected at 2:09 p.m. in a heavily forested area of ​​Germantown, near 18845 Porterfield Way, WSSC Water said.

The teams are still working to contain the overflow. They say the difficult terrain is hampering their efforts and did not say when the pipe needed to be fixed.

Drinking water in the region has not been affected, officials said.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately revealed, but a WSSC spokesperson told News4 that the difficult terrain in the area is likely causing more stress on the pipes.

The same section of pipe collapsed in November and caused a similar overflow, officials confirmed.

“Crews are working to access the site and are setting up a temporary bypass pumping operation to move the sewage around a collapsed section of the 30-inch-diameter sewer pipe causing the overflow,” a press release said. .

Residents have been warned to avoid the area. The Maryland Department of the Environment and relevant health departments have been notified, water officials said.

Water and sewer emergencies in Prince George and Montgomery counties can be reported to the WSSC Water 24 hour emergency call center at 301-206-4002.

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