A sewage blockage in Auburn has led to a sewage overflow into the Owasco River on Monday.
A NY Alert notification was issued alerting residents of the overflow from the city's combined sewer system near 20 Genesee St. Around 9 a.m., the time the overflow was first reported, it was estimated that the partially treated discharge was flowing at about 50 gallons per minute.
Officials at the Auburn Department of Municipal Utilities said the cause of the blockage hasn't been determined, and that the matter has yet to be resolved as of about 2:25 p.m. Monday. The city's sewer system repair is working to fix the issue.
The overflow reported on Monday came less than a week after reports of multiple discharges of partially treated wastewater into the river as a result of heavy rain that hit the city on July 16.
The NY-Alert system was established as a part of the 2013 Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act, which requires publicly-owned treatment works and sewer systems to alert the state Department of Environmental Conservation of untreated and partially treated sewage discharges.
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Operators must report discharges to the DEC within two hours of occurrence, and the public and adjoining municipalities within four hours.
More information is available at alert.ny.gov.