25 million gallons of sewage spill into Stamford harbor

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–Twenty-five million gallons.

That’s how much sewage leaked into a Stamford harbor just four days ago. Officials are still on the scene cleaning up the aftermath.

The spill took place at a wasterwater treatment plant last Wednesday, and officials said that close to half a million more gallons of partially treated sewage may have leaked into the water just a day later.

“It might pollute the water system, which might lead to some health concerns as well,” said Stamford resident Hamid Chemlali.

City officials said the latest sewer leak may have happened because the plant’s ultra violet system failed to start for 13 minutes, allowing fully treated but undisinfected water to leak into the harbor.

“The worst thing that possibly could have happened is that both UV banks went down, and we poured in 400,000 gallons of [sewage went] into the sound without being treated ,”said Michael Handler, the Director of Administration in Stamford.

“We announced the worst case scenario because we want to be extra cautious.”

The 25 million gallon leak is said to be caused by an excess of heavy rain.

“As a result of the increase rain flow, four-plus inches of rain in a very short period of time exceeded its capacity,” Handler said.

Experts said the sewage water is heading straight for the Long Island Sound, so officials are urging people to steer clear of it.

“We posted additional signs on the beaches and the parks up to the water try to keep people out of the water increased patrols we increased police presence for people were actually in the water,” Handler said.

City officials said this would not affect drinking water.

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