Sewage contaminates Jackstraw Brook in Westborough


Sewage contaminates Jackstraw Brook in Westborough
There were DPW trucks on Bowman Lane near the Jackstraw Brook. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

WESTBOROUGH – The town’s Board of Health is warning residents to avoid contact with the water at Jackstraw Brook, following a sewer contamination.

According to a release from the Board of Health, “This overflow consists, or likely consists, of untreated or partially treated sewage and waste. Avoid contact with the affected water bodies for 48 hours after the overflow ceases due to increased health risks from bacteria and other pollutants.”

The location of the discharge is a sewer easement across from 7 Garfield Drive. The overflow began around June 1, and ended at 12:25 p.m. on June 14.

The Board of Health estimates that about 95,000 gallons of sewage spilled into Jackstraw Brook.

The spillage affects a cold-water fishery. Residents are advised not to consume any fish from this area until further notice.

For more information, call the Board of Health at 508-366-3045.

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