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Williamsport wastewater treatment plant pump station fails

'Small amount' of sewage spilled into Cushwa Basin earlier this week

November 14, 2012

A Williamsport wastewater treatment plant pump station near the C&O Canal tow path failed earlier this week, spilling a “small amount” of sewage just south of the Cushwa Basin, according to Williamsport Mayor James G. McCleaf II.

The mayor, who had few details about the incident when reached for comment Wednesday night, confirmed the incident near Lock 44 of the C&O Canal.

The spill took place two days ago and since has been cleaned up, he said.

McCleaf said the area, which is just off Lockwood Road near the Potomac River, remains cordoned off with yellow caution tape at this time, in accordance with regulations governing wastewater spills.

It is not a danger to the environment or users of the tow path, he said.

McCleaf said he wasn’t sure exactly how much spilled and referred further questions related to the incident to Town Clerk/Treasurer Donald L. Stotelmyer.

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Stotelmyer did not return a phone message left Wednesday night.

— C.J. Lovelace

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