28 Aug '11, 2pm

All the rain from #Irene means NYC's waters are full of raw sewage: #Irene No swimming! (corrected link)

Nearly every time it rains, New York City’s aging sewer system diverts raw, untreated sewage directly into local waters. This untreated wastewater and storm runoff contains dangerous bacteria, pathogens, heavy metals and toxic chemicals, making kayaking or swimming in city waters an unhealthy – and rather icky – activity. When it rains in New York and in many parts of New Jersey, runoff from rooftops and streets flows into the same pipes that carry waste water away from your home. When the combined flow is more than municipal sewage treatment facilities can handle, it’s released—without being treated—into local waterways. In a typical year, tens of billions of gallons of raw sewage mixed with polluted runoff gets discharged, entirely untreated, into our waterways from nearly 500 locations in all 5 boroughs of New York City and from dozens of cities and towns in New Jersey....

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