Sewer leak stopped

GLOVERSVILLE — Issues with an abandoned pipe has led to untreated sewage being discharged into the Cayadutta Creek at one-third of a gallon per minute, according to the city’s Department of Public Works.

At around 3 p.m. Thursday, the DPW department received a call from a resident residing on River Street reporting what appeared to be sewage discharging into the Cayadutta Creek.

A DPW crew was dispatched to the scene, where it discovered a small amount of sewage discharge seeping into the creek through an abandoned 6-inch pipe.

The DPW plugged the pipe with a rubber test plug, slowing down the flow considerably.

Precision Industrial maintenance from Schenectady was called to the scene to determine the cause of the leak. It was determined the pipes and manhole would have to be repaired; therefore the sewer line would have to be redirected in order to make repairs.

Precision Industrial dispatched three 6-inch pumps out of Massachusetts. The pumps arrived at the scene early Saturday morning and were up and running by noon on Saturday.

The Department of Environmental Conservation was informed of the incident and continues to remain on site to monitor the repairs.

According to the DEC’s Sewage Discharge Alert, around .33 gallons per minute of untreated sewage was being discharged into the Cayadutta Creek caused by a manhole leakage. The leak has been stopped and the discharge alert is set to expire at 2:26 p.m. on Friday.

“There is a 24-hour presence at the work site to monitor the pumps. Repairs to the line(s) could take upwards of a week,” the DPW states in their release. “There should be no noticeable effect to residents while repairs are being made to the line.”

According to a release from Mayor Dayton King, it may cost up to $1 million to fix the issues with the city’s aging sewer infrastructure.

“The city has infrastructure that is over 100 years old. We are calling on our state legislators and the governor’s office to assist us with funding this repair. We are advising people not to fish or step into the Cayadutta Creek until further notice,” King said in an email to The Leader-Herald.

It is not known where the pipe originates from or how much sewage was discharged.

By Patricia Older

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