ESSEX JUNCTION — Officials say a worker error caused a wastewater treatment plant in Essex Junction to dump 500,000 gallons of untreated sewage into Vermont’s Winooski River.
The plant is now operating properly after the overnight spill on Friday and Saturday.
The plant manager told WPTZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1cJAtl9 ) that a worker accidentally bumped into a switch, causing the spill.
And state officials say there have been at least 30 other cases of sewage flowing into Vermont waters this year.
A Vermont Agency of Natural Resources official says the heavy rains in May and June caused an unusually high number of storm-related overflows into surface waters.
A water quality superintendent at the Essex Junction plant said he is setting up a barrier around the controls on the machine to prevent the accident from happening again.
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