NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.—Officials in upstate New York say excess sewer water again made its way into the Niagara River after a high-profile discharge of black-colored water last summer.
The Niagara Falls Water Board says it reported to the state Department of Environmental Conservation that excess sewage was discharged on Wednesday. Buffalo, N.Y.-based news station WGRZ-TV reports state officials said in a statement that the discolored water is “wholly unacceptable.”
Officials say the water board must immediately make corrections. The DEC’s maximum penalty for water quality violations are $37,500 per day.
The water board says it has no way of controlling the colour of overflow discharge during a wet weather event.
In late July, a discharge of foul-smelling water from the board’s wastewater treatment plant turned the water near the base of Niagara Falls turned an alarming shade of black.