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Heavy rains lead to sewage spills around the state

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Photo Credit: Lindsay Perry with Stamford advocate Photo Credit: Lindsay Perry with Stamford advocate
Photo Credit: Lindsay Perry with Stamford advocate Photo Credit: Lindsay Perry with Stamford advocate
STAMFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Millions of gallons of partially treated sewage overflowed into multiple Connecticut rivers on Thursday.

The heavy rains did more than take a toll on the drainage systems. It tested the limits of sewage pipes in more than a dozen cities and towns. 

Officials with state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has confirmed 13 towns have reported discharge of partially treated sewage water and the heavy rain is solely to blame.

State officials told Eyewitness News this incident happens when the water flow gets so high, it becomes unmanageable and basically untreatable.

Middletown was one of the areas hardest hit, but so is Stamford. There was roughly 25 million gallons of sewage spilled.

If your town is on this list, DEEP officials said there's no need to worry This incident has not affected the drinking water that is safe.

Water systems are required to inform them any time there has been a release due to storm overflow, and the best advice is not to get near the rivers and streams in your area.

Other towns reporting problems at this hour are:

  • Branford
  • Bridgeport
  • Bristol
  • Fairfield
  • Greenwich
  • Meriden
  • Milford
  • Norwalk
  • Stratford
  • Wallingford
  • West Haven

A worker at a marina in Stamford who said they were expecting 60 million gallons of sewage to spill. He said considers themselves lucky that it was only 25 million.

That marina worker said there is no odor from where he was located and added they are expecting a low tide around 7:50 p.m. on Thursday so that will take it out.

West Haven Mayor Edward M. O'Brien said there was "minimal" impact to the river in West Haven. Over a 6-hour period on Thursday, O'Brien said the waste water treatment plant went from treating 6 million gallons of water to 24 million, so basically the heavy rains overflowed their sanitary system.

O'Brien, who was headed to Water Pollution Control Plant on Beach Street, said DEEP officials have notified about the overflow.

Water and Sewer Division officials in Wallingford said heavy rains have been known to cause the waste water treatment plant in town to exceed its capacity. They cannot take care of all that water at that time, so officials said the water pollution agency is notified and a bypass is set up. The bypass alleviates the overflow issue.

Wallingford officials said they have received no complaints about smell or water issues. However the people that are usually affected are people with wells and many of the wells affected are not up to code.

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