Sewage Leaking into Water Worries Harrison County Residents
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on April 02, 2013 @ 11:20AM
Created on April 01, 2013 @ 6:22PM
In December, a group of residents about a mile north of West Milford on Route 19 started wondering about a smell that was lingering through their neighborhood. They thought it was sewage but they couldn't find a leak. They said they called for help but hadn't seen anyone.
Last Friday, Samuel Stark noticed a broken sewage pipe along some of his property. He said he called Greater Harrison PSD immediately to report it. They never showed up that day or over the weekend, but they were there to work on it Monday morning.
Stark's biggest concern is that the pipe contains sewage and may even have other things from the landfill which is right up the road. He said this was leaking into a creek that leads into the West Fork River.
He said he has cattle that had been drinking out of the river so now he doesn't know what they may have been exposed to. Stark gated his cattle so that they can't reach the water.
A Department of Environmental spokesperson said there was a sewage line break that did leak into a tributary. Crews were supposed to be bringing in a pump truck to pump out that contamination out of the water.
The manager at Greater Harrison PSD was out of the office Tuesday so 5 News was unable to talk to him.