Last night, Burlington's Main Wastewater Treatment Plant switched over to backup power during a widespread power outage in Burlington during the massive thunderstorm. While backup power did turn on, disinfection pumps for the combined sewer portion of the flow did not immediately start. Operators were on-site to diagnose and fix this issue. However, this did lead to a 20 minute period in which treated but not fully disinfected combined sewer flow (a majority of which is stormwater) discharged from the Plant.
This may lead to higher bacteria levels in nearby water. Due to proximity and in accordance with state law, we advise against contact recreation (e.g., swimming) at Oakledge Cove, Blanchard Beach, Blodgett Access and Perkins Pier for 48 hours. Visit burlingtonvt.gov/dpw for more information on Water Resources. Visit enjoyburlington.com for more information on Burlington's beaches.
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