City of Holyoke working to fix sewage break discharging into Connecticut River

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Holyoke is working to fix a sewage break that started Monday and flowed into the Connecticut River.

According to the Connecticut River Conservancy, the discharge into the Connecticut River is downstream of Combined Sewer Outfall 21A off River Terrace. 

The discharge is also about one mile upstream of the Route 202 Bridge and upstream of the Holyoke Damn.

The Conservancy told 22News they were made aware of the leak on Monday. River Steward Andrea Donlon said a portion of the river’s bank collapsed and fractured a sewer pipe, leading to the leak. Donlon said the city uses a “combined sewer overflow” system, which means some of their sewer pipes sometimes carry storm water. However, untreated sewage is only designed to leak into the river during heavy rain.

“Any dry weather discharge is considered illegal. Because it’s a leak now, it will be discharging some amount during dry weather,” said Donlon.

The Conservancy said during the rain, approximately 100 gallons per minute mixed with storm water and sewage will discharge into the river. 

Suez, the water company that maintains the pipes, is warning people to use caution in the water surrounding the break. 

Suez said there is a crew currently working on the leak, and it should be fixed by the end of the day Wednesday.

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