Prince George's flooding overflows sewer system
- You don't want to know what's in that water.
If you're tempted to start walking around in some nice wading boots, don't. What's in that water is worse than you could ever imagine: It's raw sewage.
The flooding in Prince George's County has been so bad that the Fort Washington Forest Wastewater Pumping Station has been overflowing since Wednesday afternoon, and the Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station started overflowing Thursday afternoon. The one consolation is that the county experienced more overflow after Hurricane Irene, but that still doesn't make us feel any better.
Overflows "are common in the Washington region, and can threaten drinking water," the Post reports. If you're in D.C., you may not have fared much better.
D.C. Water and Sewer Authority officials said their system likely overflowed during the heavy rains, but they issued no report. When it cannot handle flows, the District’s sewer system is designed to release raw sewage from businesses and homes, mixed with rain runoff, into the nearest body of water. Officials said that option is preferred over allowing diluted sewage to back up into sinks, tubs and toilets.
Raw sewage? We'd recommend throwing out those wading boots right about now.
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