Gloversville pipes under repair after sewage leak

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Pipes remain under repair in Gloversville after sewage was discovered to be leaking into a creek.

The leak was reported by a resident on April 20, who stated sewage appeared to be leaking into the Cayadutta Creek. According to the Department of Public Works, it was discovered sewage was leaking from an abandoned 6-inch pipe.

An industrial services company was called that determined the pipes and manhole would have to be repaired. As a result, the sewer line was diverted.  

The creek runs through the backyards of many residents, including Lynette Foster.

“That’s disgusting; totally disgusting,” she said. “I’m not going to let my kids play in the backyard anymore.”

While working to stop the leak, crews found other leaks in nearby pipes. With some infrastructure over 100 years old, Mayor Dayton King is asking for the state’s help in paying to upgrade the pipes.

“We’re hopeful that we will get state money for this,” he said. “Certainly, there is going to be some taxpayer match. But we are hopeful and we will be applying for any grants we can get.”

In the meantime, the New York State Department of Health determined the drinking water was not affected, but King has advised everyone to not fish or walk near the creek.

“The New York State Department of Health also asks to have residents not use as much water as they normally would,” he said.

DPW is working to put a new liner inside the pipes, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is monitoring the repair site.

Neighbors, however, remain upset that something wasn’t done sooner.

“If you got little kids that are 9, 10, 11 years old, they play in the streets, they fall in there, they get sick; is the city responsible?” Ulysses Taylor said.

DPW said the repair project is expected to take at least two to three weeks to finish.

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