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Lake Quinsigamond Sanitary Sewer Overflow

For Immediate Release: 2/21/2024 11:27 am

WORCESTER, Mass. – At approximately 6 p.m. on February 20, 2024, the city experienced a sanitary sewer overflow in the vicinity of 65 Lake Ave.

Approximately 193,300 gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged to the street from an underground pipe. City crews immediately responded and shut down the pipe and contained the leak. The sewer system is operating normally through a nearby redundant pipe.

Some of the flow made its way into the City’s storm sewer system which ultimately drains to Lake Quinsigamond. Therefore, the public is advised of the possibility of elevated E. Coli levels at the point and around the area of the contamination. Testing will be done daily and individuals are advised to use the area at Lake Quinsigamond with caution until tested levels that support recreational use are attained.

The public is also advised that ice fishing on the lake is restricted until levels return to normal.

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