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Blocked Sewer Leads to Discharge into Watts Branch

Pets and People Cautioned to Temporarily Avoid Stream

A blocked city sewer pipe has led to an unknown quantity of discharge into Watts Branch Stream near 1901 Research Blvd.

City crews unblocked the pipe at 2:45 p.m. today (Friday, May 21). Approximately 15,000 gallons may have leaked into Watts Branch.

The City of Rockville is recommending that people and pets avoid the stream until Tuesday to allow the discharge to dissipate.

Help prevent sanitary sewer overflows by never pouring fats, oils and grease down drains and by never placing unflushable trash in toilets, such as wipes, dental floss, paper towels and tissues.

To report an overflowing manhole, contact Rockville’s 24-hour emergency line at 240-314-8567.

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