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Sewage Flows After Hurricane Sandy, Exposing Flaws in System

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In the month since the storm, hundreds of millions of gallons of raw and partially treated sewage from crippled treatment plants have flowed into waterways in New York and New Jersey, exposing flaws in the region's wastewater infrastructure that could take several years and billions of dollars to fix. At least six sewage plants in the New York region shut down completely during the storm, and many more were crippled by storm surges that swamped motors and caused short circuits in electrical equipment. In New Jersey, workers at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission plant, the fifth largest facility in the country, had to evacuate as floodwaters surged in and wastewater gushed out.

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