Niagara Falls Sewage Release Highlights Aging Systems

Niagara Falls, N.Y., has a messy problem — it continues to dump sewage and discolored water downriver from the popular tourist attraction. The most recent incident happened Wednesday afternoon.

New York State said this week’s discharge released an estimated 5 million gallons of sewage into the Niagara River.

State officials say the “badly discolored water” violates its water quality standards, and they want the Niagara Falls Water Board to correct the issue.

The discharge came after a thunderstorm. And that’s a common problem in the Great Lakes region. Underground pipes are often overwhelmed by the combination of untreated sewage and storm water.

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