Residents in 48 NJ Towns Told to Reduce Water Use as Millions of Gallons of Sewage Flood River Each Day

The DEP says about 250 million gallons of partially treated wastewater is flowing into Newark Bay and New York Harbor from the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission's system

By Storm Team 4
|  Thursday, Nov 8, 2012  |  Updated 1:08 PM EDT
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Millions of gallons of untreated and partially treated wastewater are flowing into New Jersey's waterways as a result of Sandy.     

The Environmental Protection Department says about 50 million gallons a day of untreated wastewater is flowing into the Raritan River from the Middlesex County Utility Authority's system.     

The DEP says about 250 million gallons of partially treated wastewater is flowing into Newark Bay and New York Harbor from the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission's system. That figure was about 500 million gallons before the system was partially fixed over the weekend.     

The DEP and Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday urged 48 towns served by the Passaic Valley authority to restrict water use.     

Christie says both the Passaic and Middlesex facilities suffered serious flooding damage.

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