On Octobe 9th, five million gallons of raw sewage spilled out of Waterbury’s waste water treatment plant and into the Naugatuck River.
The mayor of Waterbury tells News 8 an outside contractor accidentally cut a live power cable during upgrades at the plant that caused a power failure.
“Something went wrong there. When that happened, the generators kicked on, but then there was a power surge and the power surge knocked out the fuses, which ultimately made the generators ineffective. So I don’t know why that happened, so we’re going to determine that,” said Mayor Neil O’Leary, (D) Waterbury.
City crews are working to clean up the waste. The city is now investigating.