The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says Stamford’s water treatment plant wasn’t the only plant around state to report spills of partially treated sewage during Wednesday night and Thursday.
DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain says a total of 15 sewage plants reported discharges of sewage during that period.
As well as in Stamford, discharges occured in Middletown, West Haven, Wallingford, Branford, Norwalk, Milford-Beaver Brook, Milford – Housatonic, Fairfield, Bristol, Greenwich, Stratford, Meriden, Bridgeport – East, Bridgeport – West.
We recommend people avoid contact with waters where partially treated sewage has been discharged. Also it is best not to be boating or fishing in these areas,” said Schain.
He said local health officials or the state Dept. Of Agriculture will make determinations about the safety of shellfish beds.
Schain said in the next few days the tidal action and currents will wash the contamination away.
“You hate to see any contamination get into the environment and if these overflows were a regular occurrence it would create environmental and health risks. But as they are infrequent it should not lead to any lasting impacts,” Schain said in an emailed message.
Schain said these overflows speak to the need to address the issue of infiltration of rain water into sanitary sewer systems.