40,000 gallons of sewage water spill into Rockville creek

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ROCKVILLE – Over 40,000 gallons of sewage water overflowed into Rock Creek in Rockville Friday and Saturday.

The overflow began around 4:10 p.m. Friday and lasted for about 10 hours until 2:10 a.m. Saturday, officials say.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) installed a temporary bypass to end the Sanitary Sewer Overflow located in a wooded right-of-way near 1717 Redgate Farms Court in Rockville, WSSC officials say.

The overflow cause is under investigation. Because WSSC’s water and wastewater systems are separate, the overflow will not affect drinking water.

Notifications have been made to the Maryland Department of the Environment and Montgomery County Department of Environmental Health.

A total of 20 signs have been posted in the area of the overflow. WSSC will take all appropriate measures to clean up the impacted area.