CROTON, N.Y. – The Westchester County Department of Health warned people on Wednesday against use of the Hudson River for recreational purposes and to avoid direct contact with the water from Croton Point Park and points south until further notice.
Due to a break in a sewer line in Tarrytown, there is expected to be a controlled discharge of several million gallons of chlorinated raw sewage into the Hudson River at Sleepy Hollow overnight, according to a press release issued by the health department Wednesday evening.
The treated sewage bypass is needed so that repairs can be made to the sewer line. The sewer line break is also expected to result in chlorinated raw sewage being discharged into the Hudson River at Yonkers.
As a precautionary measure, the health department is alerting people who use the waters of the Hudson River of the potential that there may be sewage effluent in the river from Croton Point Park and points south during the discharge period.
The department is asking residents to curtail activities including swimming, boating, kayaking, windsurfing and bathing in the river until further notice. Notifications are being made to marinas located on the Hudson River as well as to affected municipalities.