Service Outage at Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant

July 20, 2013 Updated Jul 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Service Outage at Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant

July 20, 2013 Updated Jul 20, 2013 at 12:45 PM EDT

Due to the severe weather event last evening, the Niagara Falls Water Board’s (NFWB) wastewater treatment plant experienced extremely high flows into the plant. All four main pumps at the wastewater treatment plant were operational. At about 10:30p.m., the storm surge flooding resulting from the four inches of rain that fell in one hour in the Niagara Falls area overwhelmed the main inlet and submerged the plant’s four main pumps leaving them inoperable. NFWB crews were immediately called to address the failure, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was immediately notified and all necessary measures are being taken.

NFWB crews have been on site since the occurrence assessing the situation and are working diligently to restore full service to the plant. Combined sewer flows through permitted discharge points are continuing. Further updates will be issued when available.