The public warned against avoiding Blackstone River water after sewage overflows

Contact with the waters of the Blackstone River through four Massachusetts communities should be avoided for two days after City of Worcester officials reported a sewage overflow. The city said approximately 879,000 gallons of untreated or partially untreated wastewater flowed into the river Thursday morning from an outlet located along Tobias Boland Way. “Avoid contact with the affected water bodies for 48 hours after the overflow has ceased due to increased health risks from bacteria and other contaminants,” officials said. Potentially affected parts of the river include its path through Worcester, Millbury, Sutton and Grafton. “As this can happen during rainfall events as many as five to 25 times a year. This event has increased visibility due to the new public information process, which is the result of a state law that went into effect this month, “a spokesman for the city council office said.

Contact with the waters of the Blackstone River through four Massachusetts communities should be avoided for two days after City of Worcester officials reported a sewage overflow.

The city said approximately 879,000 gallons of untreated or partially untreated wastewater flowed into the river Thursday morning from an outlet located along Tobias Boland Way.

“Avoid contact with the affected water bodies for 48 hours after the overflow has ceased due to increased health risks from bacteria and other contaminants,” officials said.

Potentially affected parts of the river include its path through Worcester, Millbury, Sutton and Grafton.

“Overflows like this can happen during rainfall events as many as five to 25 times a year. This event has increased visibility due to the new notification process to the public, which is the result of a state law that went into effect this month.” This is stated by a spokesman for the municipal council.

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