Broken high-pressure pipe has been leaking sewage into Onondaga Lake for two days

June 7, 2024

By Glenn Coin,

June 7, 2024

Syracuse, N.Y. — A high-pressure sewer line owned by Onondaga County broke early Thursday morning and has been spewing 100 gallons of raw sewage every minute into Onondaga Creek.

The same pipe has busted at least three other times since 2013, spilling tens of millions of gallons of sewage into the creek, which empties into Onondaga Lake. The county has planned to fix the line since 2018, but the project keeps getting delayed. The estimated cost since 2018 has more than quintupled, from $17.8 million to $90 million.

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