Failed Pipe Spews 4.5 Million Gallons Of Sewage Into NY Lake
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Officials in central New York say an aging sewer pipe that's slated to be replaced has failed yet again, causing 4.5 million gallons (17 million liters)of raw sewage to flow into a lake.
The Syracuse Post-Standard reports Onondaga County officials say the pipe that runs along freight train tracks over a creek inlet into Onondaga Lake broke Monday morning after more than 3 inches of rain fell in two days.
County authorities said Tuesday afternoon that sewage spilled at a rate of 9,000 gallons (34068 million liters) per minute for more than eight hours.
The same pipe has failed several times over the past five years, including in October 2016, when heavy rains caused 13 million gallons (49 million liters) of raw sewage to spill into the lake.
The county Legislature is looking at spending $18 million to replace the 50-year-old pipe and related infrastructure.
Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com