Thursday, March 20, 2014

Valley Forge National Historic Park-5,000 gallons of sewage per minute dumping into the park

Via RSOE

Perhaps today's most disgusting news: A sewer main at Valley Forge National Historic Park broke yesterday, sending 5,000 gallons of sewage per minute into the creek at the Pennsylvania park. Crews worked overnight to repair the 30-inch main, which had also broken six weeks ago, NBC Philadelphia reports. A replacement pipe was expected to arrive this morning. At least 5 million gallons of raw sewage have leaked into Valley Creek, WPVI reports. "All the water goes down into the Schuylkill River and then it goes into Philadelphia in the Delaware River. People get their drinking water out of this and there's the health problem," says one state conservation officer; but NBC Philadelphia says officials insist humans are at no risk from the leak. Wildlife, however, could be. All roads running through the park are currently closed, Philly.com reports; they are expected to remain closed for a few days as crews continue to work in the area.

Blogger note: This is a perfect example of how the US infrastructure is falling apart around us, yet our government would rather spend our tax dollars on wars and helping countries over seas. This is the 3rd time this sewer main has broken in a year and a half. It is 40-50 years old.

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