July 17, 2019— Three wastewater treatment plants have reported sewage overflows due to intense rainstorms that struck the Merrimack Valley Wednesday, however the releases appear to be minor in quantity. The Lowell plant reported its sewage overflow activated at 4:24 pm. and ended at 5:25 pm. No volume total has been reported. Greater Lawrence also reported a sewage overflow activation (start and end time was not reported), resulting in 429,000 gallons released into the river. That is a relatively minor release. Haverhill also reported a release from 12 of its 15 outflow pipes. No volume total was reported. Health officials recommend that people avoid swimming in the river for 48 hours after a sewage release. WCVB tv reported .58 inches of rain fell on the Lawrence area during the brief but intense storm.
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