The Toxic Sludge of DC Overflows


Literally, not figuratively, folks. We're up to our knees in shit here, people, help!

Perhaps you saw the story about sewage overflows in the waterways due to Hurricane Irene.

It’s even worse than the story reported.

In addition to the 200 million gallons of rain and raw sewage that overwhelmed the pumps of DC Water, and the 61,200 gallons of diluted wastewater from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s Fort Washington pumping station into Piscataway Creek Sunday (for 11 1/2 hours), the WSSC reported three other overflows which doubled the reported total.

Some 4.3 million gallons of diluted sewage overflowed in Upper Marlboro for 14 hours Sunday, about 13.7 million gallons overflowed at an Accokeek wastewater treatment plant during a 4 1/2 hour event late Saturday and early Sunday, and 2 million more gallons of diluted sewage overflowed at the Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station in Fort Washington from 9:50 p.m Saturday through 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

I bet Tucker Barnes has something to say about this shit.

I don't know about any of you but I wasn't planning on taking a dip in the Anacostia any time soon. I can barely step out of my condo without dousing myself in hand sanitizer, I couldn't imagine taking a dip in that, er, shit.