Day 368

Wet Weather Discharge Point

January 1st, 2013

As we learned last January:

Most of New York's sewers are combined sewers, meaning that stormwater runoff and sanitary sewage are collected together in a single pipe. When there is a heavy rain, the volume in the combined sewers can exceed the capacity of the wastewater treatment plants. To prevent a backup of sewage into the system, the excess overflows directly into various waterways around the city at these discharge points.
This outfall is located, appropriately enough, on Flushing Bay. You can see a boom placed on the water to capture discharged floatables, which primarily consist of street litter that has washed into the sewer system.

One Comment

  1. Sandra in Ashland says:

    I sure hope you’re right about the “floatables”…….conjures up some odd visions.

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