Area Waters Still Tainted by Spilled Sewage, Officials Say

Monday, July 25, 2011

City health officials are telling New Yorkers to stay out of some area waterways after the sewage spill at a Harlem wastewater treatment plant last week.

Beach advisories remain in effect at Sea Gate in Brooklyn and South Beach, Midland Beach and Cedar Grove Beach on Staten Island.

The health department also says the Hudson River, the East River — from the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge to the Verrazano Bridge — the Harlem River and the Kill Van Kull to the Goethals Bridge are not fit for recreational activities involving water contact.

The North River Wastewater Treatment Plant on West 135th Street was shut down last Wednesday following a four-alarm fire that raged for three hours in the engine room.

The Department of Environmental Protection had to discharge untreated sewage into the Hudson River as workers made major repairs to the facility but stopped the discharges around 9:30 p.m. Friday.

The DEP said a mechanical issue on Saturday morning temporarily allowed between 15 and 25 million gallons of untreated water to be released into the river, before the issue was resolved that afternoon.

Call 311 for updates on beaches and waterways or visit the Health Department or Department of Environmental Protection Web sites.


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