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Posted at 8:22 PM ET, 07/ 3/2010

Leak at Accokeek sewage treatment plant

By Terri Rupar

There’s a leak at a sewage treatment plant in Accokeek, but the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission says none of the raw sewage is escaping into rivers or streams.

The problem started Saturday morning when a contractor hit a pressure line at the Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant, causing raw sewage to flow at about 300 gallons per minute.

The WSSC says the sewage is being contained and re-pumped into the plant’s raw wastewater pumping station. The utility is evaluating bypass and repair methods.

--Associated Press

By Terri Rupar  | July 3, 2010; 8:22 PM ET
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