County Lifts Hudson Health Advisory Issued During Sandy

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The Hudson River has been declared safe for recreational activities by Westchester County health officials. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – A Hudson River advisory issued after partially treated and raw sewage washed into the river during Hurricane Sandy has been lifted, Westchester County health officials said Tuesday morning.

“People who use the Hudson River waters for recreational purposes, namely swimmers, boaters, kayakers and windsurfers, are free to resume direct contact with the water,” a statement from the county said.

The Wastewater Treatment Plant in Yonkers, the North Yonkers pump station and the Crotonville Pump Station were flooded during the storm, forcing officials to dump partially treated sewage and raw sewage into the Hudson River. An advisory was issued for Croton and all points south.

Officials say the Yonkers Wastewater Treatment Plant resumed secondary wastewater treatment on Nov. 22 and now meets testing requirements.

Repairs to the wastewater treatment plant are ongoing. Those repairs are expected to cost $12.65 million.

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