People advised to avoid swimming in the Connecticut River due to sewage overflow

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – A sewage alert has been issued for the Connecticut River. With the hot weekend coming up, this is sure to affect cooling plans for many.

It’s something we’ve been seeing this summer, alerts from the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission, asking people to avoid the Connecticut River for the next 48 hours because of a sewage overflow, with the last Friday afternoon.

The affected communities along the river are Springfield, Agawam, West Springfield and Longmeadow. Officials estimate that more than 658,000 liters of sewage have spilled into the water. Those alerts have been going out more frequently this summer because of a new state law that went into effect in early July, but Water and Sewer officials said overflows are nothing new, just alerts. Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club Executive Director Benjamin Quick said he’s glad more attention is being paid to the issue.

“We are grateful that light is being shed on the issue. It brings attention to the Connecticut River, which is a year-round place where we recreate. Our protocols have not changed because what we know if this overflow situation combined sewage takes, let’s be honest, more than 100 years”, he said.

Quick said the alerts have not negatively affected the club’s business because they do not recommend swimming.

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