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Heavy rain sends 25 million gallons of sewage into Connecticut harbor

May 20, 2014
KEYWORDS sewage spill
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Harbor in Stamford, Connecticut <photocredit>Carmine Salvatore/iStockphoto Editorial/Thinkstock</photocredit>

The city of Stamford, Connecticut, has been dealing with a huge spill of partially treated wastewater into the local harbor following days of heavy rain, the Connecticut Post reports. Approximately 25 million gallons of sewage poured into the harbor when the local wastewater treatment plant overflowed during the night of May 1. As much as four inches of rain poured down on Stamford during the storm, leaving the sewage treatment facility unable to handle the deluge, according to NBC.

But old and inefficient water and wastewater infrastructure in Stamford also played a part in the spill. News12 Connecticut quoted city officials as saying that there were plans to replace old pipelines and improve the city's water system as a whole, but the work has not yet been done because of a lack of funding. The city is applying for grant money to carry out the upgrades, officials said.

Meanwhile, a near-record amount of sewage has been floating in the water, sending a foul odor across the city. It was expected to take about a week to wash away, officials said. Director of Health Anne Fountain told the Connecticut Post that preventive measures were being taken, including posting warning signs on beaches and marinas to alert residents of the contamination and to prohibit swimming and fishing until further notice.

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