Electrical issue sends more untreated sewage into Mohawk River

December 28, 2016 06:17 PM

AMSTERDAM - Sewage keeps flowing into the Mohawk River in Amsterdam.

NewsChannel 13 received two alerts Wednesday morning from the Department of Environmental Conservation. One is for the leak on Forest Avenue that was first discovered on July 25. That has never been completely repaired and is being blamed for sending well over a million gallons of untreated sewage into the Mohawk River. The second alert says nearly 57,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the Mohawk River in just two days this week because of an electrical issue.

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NewsChannel 13 contacted the Department of Environmental Conservation to ask why Amsterdam has so many sewage alerts and what if anything is being done about it.

They said: "The problems in Amsterdam are common among older cities in the Northeast. The city of Amsterdam has aging wastewater infrastructure."

As for what's being done, they say: "DEC is working closely with the city and its engineering consultant to ensure that several wastewater projects are moving forward as quickly and cost effectively as possible."


WNYT Staff

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