New York Sewage Pollution Right to Know

(WNY News Now) – In a concerning development, the Wellsville (V) WWTP NY0020621 has issued a notification regarding a sewage overflow incident at their wastewater treatment plant in Wellsville, New York. The incident, which occurred on October 30, 2023, has raised concerns about potential environmental impacts on the Genesee River.

Wellsville – The discharge location of this incident is reported as 152 Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY, at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. The affected waterbody is the Genesee River. The discharge, which lasted for approximately 1 hour, was the result of partially treated sewage overflowing from the primary settling tanks and flowing into the nearest storm drain.

Cause of the Discharge

The Wellsville WWTP NY0020621 has cited weather conditions as a contributing factor to the overflow. Additionally, the main sewage pump level controller failed during the incident, further exacerbating the situation. These combined factors led to the release of sewage into the environment.

Containment Measures

Prompt action was taken to address the discharge. Plant operators manually increased the pump speed to bring the sewage level back to normal, minimizing the extent of the overflow. While steps were taken to mitigate the situation, concerns remain about the potential impact on the Genesee River and surrounding areas.

Estimates and Treatment Status

The estimated volume of discharged sewage is approximately 10,000 gallons, though the potential impact on public areas remains unknown. It’s crucial to note that the discharged sewage was only partially treated and lacked disinfection, raising concerns about water quality and environmental implications.

This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of proper sewage infrastructure maintenance and the need for continued vigilance to prevent pollution of our waterways. Authorities are closely monitoring the situation, and further actions may be taken to address any environmental consequences.


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