Sewage leaking toward Mill River in Florence; swim advisory issued

FLORENCE, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton health officials are warning people to stay out of the Mill River, because a broken sewer line is leaking untreated sewage. According to a news release sent to 22News by the Northampton Department of Public Works, the break is in the area of 648 Riverside Drive in Florence. Crews are in the area to make emergency repairs, but sewage is leaking toward the river.

The Northampton Health Department has issued a swim advisory out of concern for high E.coli levels.

“Contact with the water may increase the risk of contracting diarrheal illnesses and other infectious diseases. The public is urged to avoid direct contact with the water, including swimming or wading, until monitor indicates levels are safe for recreation,” the release states.

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