Source of Amsterdam sewage leak found

November 24, 2016 05:53 AM

AMSTERDAM -- Amsterdam city engineers have found the latest sewage leak.

It's at Sloan Ave. and Smith Ave. This is the same system that sprung a leak over the summer on Forest Ave.

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New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara says these are 120-year-old clay pipes that need to be replaced.

“My suggestion would be that if you have 120-year-old piping in certain areas, those are areas you start with,” Santabarbara said. “They may not be broken right now but it might make sense to just replace those now before you start seeing cracks and other leaks like this.”

Amsterdam has already secured $5 million in state funding for the Forest Ave. work and is applying for more, but aging infrastructure is an issue statewide.

Santabarbara says when the legislature returns, he plans to introduce a bill that would create an emergency funding stream to pay for these repairs.


WNYT Staff

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