Wastewater release prompts health advisory for part of Lake Quinsigamond

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Wastewater release prompts health advisory for part of Lake Quinsigamond
Crews were on scene on Lake Avenue in Worcester after a pump station failure led to the release of wastewater into Lake Quinsigamond on Sunday. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

REGION – Officials have told community members to steer clear of part of Lake Quinsigamond after a pump failure released untreated wastewater into the lake on Sunday. 

The city of Worcester issued this warning as a health advisory shortly before 1 p.m. The city explained that pumps at a pumping station on Lake Avenue failed after flooding disrupted their cooling systems. 

“This has caused the station to release untreated wastewater into Lake Quinsigamond,” the city said.

Crews were on scene as of 2:45 p.m. 

“Individuals should not use the lake for recreational activities such as ice fishing in the vicinity of the pumping station at 83 Lake Ave. and to the south of it until further notice,” the city said. 

This pumping station sits on the Worcester side of Lake Quinsigamond to the south of the Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge. It is directly across the lake from the White City Shopping Center in Shrewsbury.

Wastewater release prompts health advisory for part of Lake Quinsigamond
Water flows into Lake Quinsigamond behind the Lake Avenue Pumping Station in Worcester as crews respond to a failure at the site on Sunday. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)