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Sewage Discharge Reports

Information based on the 2 hour sewage discharge reports from publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) and publicly owned sewer systems (POSSs) submitted to DEC is compiled in the searchable, sortable spreadsheet, Sewage Discharge Reports (Excel,155 KB).

Combined sewer overflows (CSOs) may discharge untreated sewage when it rains

Find out if you live, or recreate in a CSO community (open the map link below). For more information about CSOs visit DEC's Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) web page. For more information about the wet weather advisory, visit the CSO Wet Weather Advisory web page.

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Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Outfalls Google Earth Map (requires Google Earth to be installed on your computer)-This map provides location and general facility information, receiving waterbody, and information about CSO overflow events.

Description of information received to the extent knowable using existing systems and models

Date/Time of Discharge--approximate date and time that the discharge was discovered

Location of Discharge--as detailed as possible, but options include: name of receiving waterbody, closest street address or defining landmark, GPS coordinates

Duration of Discharge--estimation of expected duration of discharge at the time the report was submitted

Volume of Discharge--estimation of the volume of discharge

Treated State of Discharge--either Untreated, Primary Treatment with Disinfection, Primary Treatment without Disinfection, or Other with explanation

Reason(s) for Discharge--information about why the discharge occurred

Description of Corrective Action(s)--brief summary of preventative or corrective actions taken in response to discharge

For more information

Contact the Division of Water by email or at 518-402-8233.

2013 End of Year Discharge Report Summary

The Sewage Pollution Right to Know law has two reporting requirements for DEC. First, discharge reports must be posted to DEC's website expeditiously; second, DEC must publish an annual report of all discharges, including the following information at a minimum:

  • Total number of discharges
  • Details of such discharges (including but not limited to volume, treated state, etc.)
  • Duration and location of discharges
  • Any actions taken in response to the discharge or to prevent further discharges

The following information is a summary of the discharge reports received between May 1 and December 31, 2013 and is similar to the data that will be found in the annual report. This is a preliminary summary based on reports received within 2 hours of a discharge being discovered.

  • Total number of reports received: 1,112
  • Number of individual facilities reporting: 153
  • Estimated volume discharged: 98,331,498 gallons (80,874,443 partially treated; 17,454,062 untreated; 2,993 other)
  • Most frequent causes of SSO events: Weather conditions; Blockages

A final version of this summary will be included with the SPDES Compliance and Enforcement Annual Report for state fiscal year 2013-2014, which will be available in late 2014.

Compliance and Enforcement annual reports for 2008-2012 are available on DEC's SPDES Compliance & Enforcement webpage.