Waterbury investigates sewage spill in Naugatuck River

(Photo Courtesy: Naugatuck River Revival Group)

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– A five hour long sewage spill in Naugatuck Valley, has many residents upset at the city of Waterbury.

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.

Related: Power failure blamed for untreated sewage spill

“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.

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