Thousands of Gallons of Sewage Leak from Broken Endwell Pipe
More than 14,000 gallons of untreated sewage may have leaked after a pipeline ruptured in Endwell.
A neighborhood resident reported the problem to the town of Union Tuesday afternoon.
Endicott wastewater treatment plant chief operator Phil Grayson said the leak occurred in a 24-inch line that runs along the Susquehanna River.
A two- to three-inch hole was located on the bottom of the line, which is located about five feet underground.
A contractor worked for about six hours Wednesday to make repairs using a band clamp.
Grayson said the latest break in the pipeline occurred in 2008 in the same general area, which is located between Chaumont Drive and Malverne Road.
The pipeline is always charged with water, moving up to 1,000 gallons of untreated sewage per minute.
Grayson estimated the rate of discharge due to the leak was 10 gallons a minute. Under that estimate, about 14,100 gallons of sewage would have spilled from the line before it was repaired.
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