Sewage plant under 30 feet of water in Hull
HULL, Mass. (WHDH) -- The water is being tested in Hull after an overflow of water at a sewage treatment plant.
The sewage plant is under 30 feet of water, causing a lot of concern and closing schools for the day.
The drinking water is fine, but residents are being asked to conserve their water use. Crews are now hard at work, trying to pump out all the water.
“This was an amount of water that was well beyond any amount of our historic records so that’s what really set the alarms off. The amount of water coming into our sewer system was well beyond any normal range and it ultimately got to the point where it overwhelmed our pumps,” said Philip Lemnios, town manager.
Crews first noticed the extra water flowing into the town’s waste water plant Thursday morning. Town officials were searching down manholes all day, but they still don’t know what went wrong.
“We’ve been out all day opening manhole covers to look to see if there’s unusual flows in certain areas and so forth. We’ve not yet been able to identify any one source,” said Lemnios.
It’s likely heavy rain and melting snow played a part. The town leaders are looking into a possible pipe breach underground that’s letting in sea water.
Homeowners are being asked to monitor their water use. The issue was enough of a concern to cancel school Thursday.
“Drinking water is fine. There’s no risk to any drinking water. This really just impacts the sewer system and only the sewer system,” said Lemnios.
The town has brought in some replacement pipes to try to fix the problem, which could take a few days and several thousand dollars to repair.