Collapsed pipe caused 10,000-gallon Bethesda sewer overflow

‘Just Flush the Three Ps’: Collapsed pipe caused 10,000 gallons of Bethesda sewage to overflow

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The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission tells 7News that a sewer overflow in Bethesda was caused by a collapsed pipe last week, possibly as a result of vandalism.

It was originally reported to be caused by personal hygiene wipes advertised as being flushable but not dissolving adequately in sewer systems.

The overflow channeling untreated sewage into Rock Run was discovered near 9240 Vendome Drive around 9 a.m. Thursday. The cause was a collapsed section of a 15-inch sewer pipe, WSSC says.

The total overflow volume is estimated to be over 10,000 gallons.

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“Many companies market personal hygiene wipes as flushable, but these products don’t break down and don’t break down like toilet paper in the sewer system,” says WSSC. “The build-up of these wipes can clog the sewer system, which can lead to SSOs. WSSC Water reminds residents to keep the wipes out of the pipes and only flush the three Ps: pee, poop, and paper (toilet paper).”

Warning signs have been set up throughout the area to alert residents of the flooding.

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