Baby wipes blamed for manhole sewage overflow in Owasco

Apr 25, 2019

A combination of baby wipes, a tree root and heavy rain led to a sewage overflow in the town of Owasco on Saturday, according to the NY-Alert system.

According to the alert, a manhole on 2 Bristol Ave overflowed after baby wipes stuck on a tree root created a blockage, resulting in a discharge because of heavy rain.


The discharge began at 11 p.m. on Saturday and lasted for six hours, with an estimated rate of untreated discharge of 100 gallons per minute. The Owasco River is listed as the affected waterbody.

Operators followed proper prevention requirements to attempt to contain the discharge, according to the alert.


The NY-Alert system was established as a part of the 2013 Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act, which requires publicly-owned treatment works and sewer systems to alert the state Department of Environmental Conservation of untreated and partially treated sewage discharges.

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