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.