Keep the people informed regarding sewage in the Merrimack River
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What would happen if your drinking water got polluted? What if the waste you just flushed down the toilet, came right back up? What if the raw sewage polluted the river that 600,000 people depend on?
According to an article in Eagle Tribue, pipes that deliver sewage to a treatment plant serving the lower Merrimack Valley spilled about 8 million gallons of untreated waste into the Merrimack River on during the recent power outage for 13 hours during the storm that lashed the region.
Over 600,000 people depend on Merrimack river for a water source, over 50 fish species migrate there every year and 6 cities use it for water. 5 cities in Massachusetts use it for water(Methuen, Lawrence, Lowell, Tewksbury, and Andover) and 1 in New Hampshire(Nashua). At the least, we need to be informed.
A bill presented by Senator Patricia D. Jehlen is pending in the state Senate and House of Representatives. This bill would require sewage plant operators to notify a far broader audience when overflows occur. You can help by signing the petition so that the legislative hearing will pass the law that will:
1) Within 24 hours of sewage overflow into river, notification of each CSO event be publicly posted on a state-managed website
2) Records of all CSO events be collected and maintained—including time, place, and estimated discharge volume
3) An Easy-to-see signage, in plain language using pictures and diagrams, be placed at all CSO outfalls, warning people of the potential threat to public health that raw sewage discharges pose.
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