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Brooklyn Beach Re-Opens Following Sewage Dump
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
City officials have re-opened Sea Gate in Brooklyn, one of four city beaches that was closed following a raw sewage spill from water treatment plant.
The beach remains under a pollution advisory, and three beaches on Staten Island are still closed.
The city's Department of Environmental Protection said samples taken at South Beach, Midland Beach and Cedar Grove Beach showed higher levels of bacteria.
The DEP said it's still trying to bring the plant back to working order following a four-alarm fire last week. The department said waste water is being treated with chlorine, and that two engines are back up and running.
"Of the plant's five engines used to pump waste water into the facility, only two engines need to be operating during dry weather to handle the waste water flow into the plant," according to an update sent out on Wednesday afternoon.
The department said it's also trying to bring a third engine online.
DEP said it's also adding another pumping system as a backup, and to increase the plant's capacity.