Crews cleaning up sewage spill at Greenbriar wastewater station

By Ovetta Wiggins
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 1, 2010; 3:17 PM

Crews from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission are cleaning up a sewage spill at the Greenbriar Wastewater Pumping Station in Greenbelt.

WSSC officials said a valve on a force main broke loose Sunday morning, causing about 100,000 gallons of wastewater to overflow into a tributary that leads to Beaverdam Creek. The overflow lasted more than eight hours.

Lyn Riggins, a spokeswoman for WSSC, said crews have posted signs warning residents who live in the Greenbriar Apartments to avoid the area. The workers are also removing sewage and spreading lime to neutralize any bacteria.

The signs will be in place for 30 days.

Riggins said that the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Prince George's County Health Department were notified about the overflow, and that there is no expected impact on sewer service in the area.

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