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NY-Alert: Sewage Discharged Into Mohawk River


The NY-Alert system announced a wastewater overflow at the City of Amsterdam Wastewater Treatment Plant. More than 500,000 gallons of partially treated discharge emptied into the Mohawk River after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

The discharge was stopped after 3.8 hours. Faulty equipment was blamed and the system is back online.

The alert says fishing and a drinking water supply intake were potentially impacted.

Update 4:30 p.m.: Officials from the Town of Colonie say their water was not affected by the spill.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.
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