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Lyons reports sewage discharge due to pipe break

On Thursday, state officials issued a notice regarding a sewage discharge along Route 31 in Lyons, affecting a roadside drainage swale that could potentially reach the Erie Canal. The discharge, observed early on February 8 was caused by a pipe break, releasing untreated sewage at an estimated volume of 450 gallons over a duration of 69 minutes.


Immediate actions were taken to mitigate the environmental impact, including shutting off pumps and damming the affected ditch to prevent further spread. The cause of the discharge is attributed to a force main break, with repair efforts pending dig safe clearance.

This incident underscores the importance of timely maintenance and monitoring of sewage infrastructure to prevent environmental hazards. The public is advised to stay informed about sewage discharge events and their potential impacts on public health and the environment through the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act.