August 07, 2015
The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was notified today of a release of untreated sewage into East Creek in the City of Rutland.
The seal on an abandoned sewer pipe that runs under East Creek at the West St. bridge apparently failed resulting in the sewage release. DEC staff and City officials are presently on-site investigating the incident and repair activities have been initiated.
Up to an estimated 150,000 gallons of sewage was discharged to the East Creek, which empties into Otter Creek approximately one half mile downstream.
The Vermont Department of Health has been notified of the release, and in consultation with DEC, has determined that the potential for a health hazard exists.
People should stay out of the water and not swim in it, or use it for recreational purposes from Rutland to Proctor for 48 hours after the release has been stopped.
Health Officers for Rutland City, Rutland Town, and the Town of Proctor have been notified, and the stretches of river from the point of release downstream to Proctor Dam will be posted with signage warning the public to avoid contact.
Media Contact: Ernie Kelley, Wastewater Management Program Manager, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, 802-490-6187, Ernie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Department of Environmental Conservation
Last Updated at: August 07, 2015 15:47:15