Appease the Drainage Gods!

The Gods of Drainage have not been happy, and they have visited their wrath on the city of New York.  A “catastrophic fire” in the pumping station that lefts raw sewage into the North River Treatment Plant, which purifies it, and discharges it into the Hudson River, has shut down the facility completely.  Raw, that’s untreated, sewage from half of Manhattan is now pouring into the river, and will continue to do so through the weekend.  And it’s in the middle of a remarkable heat wave.  That means stay away from that beautiful riverside park all along the Hudson – it’s not going to smell too nice!

This map shows the areas that are served by the city’s fourteen sewage treatment plants:  the one that is out of action is No. 6.  Number Six!?  You can read all about the system in this NYC DEP publication.

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2 Responses to Appease the Drainage Gods!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Midtown is going to be more fragrant then usual.

    • Lichanos says:

      Word is, the pumps are running again. Raw discharges should stop by this evening.

      Years ago, someone dropped me off in the East Village on a blistering, humid night like the ones we’ve been having. As he opened the door, he said, “It smells like the crack of somebody’s ass out there!

      Can’t top that!

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