Sewage spill in Saratoga Lake prompts DEC investigation

SARATOGA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Officials say there was a sewage spill at Saratoga Lake.

Authorities say on Monday July 4, a check valve at Saratoga County Sewer District’s Pump Station failed resulting in the release of 5,000 gallons of untreated sewage.

They say much of the sewage reached a nearby stream, which flows into Saratoga Lake.

Once they were made aware of the problem, sewer district staff responded promptly to prevent any further release of sewage and began repairs of the valve. In addition, a vacuum truck was used to remove sewage on the ground and lime was spread to kill any pathogens.

DEC staff have investigated the matter and determined that the Sewer District responded promptly and correctly. The DEC is working with the sewer district to determine placement of additional alarms outside of the pump station to minimize the release of sewage if a similar failure occurred in future.

No significant environmental impacts were observed and any impacts are expected to dissipate through normal biological activity.

Questions regarding possible impacts to human health should be directed to the Department of Health.

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