Millions of gallons of raw sewage released into harbor

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Some 25 million gallons of raw sewage emptied into the Stamford Harbor Thursday, the result of an overworked wastewater treatment plant from the recent rain, officials said.

“We’re fortunate that this is not the swimming season,” said Michael Handler, chairman of the Wastewater Pollution Control Authority. “The city will take the precautionary measures of going ahead and informing people, posting signs, keeping people out of the water.”

City officials, who were conducting bacteria tests Thursday afternoon, say the issue of sewage leaks is not just a problem in Stamford. They say it’s a regional worry after a month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours. And indeed is it: some 13 municipalities Thursday reported overflowing at their sewage treatment plants.

Stamford’s mayor said the wastewater will go into Long Island Sound and expects local and environmental impact to minimal.

Josh Scheinblum and Bob Wilson reporting

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