Sewer break spills 2 million gallons of sewage into Nantucket Harbor

Jacob Carozza, The Boston Globe on January 07, 2018

About 2 million gallons of raw sewage have spilled into Nantucket Harbor since a main sewer line failed on the island during Thursday’s major winter storm, officials said.

Repairs to the 20-inch diameter sewer line that runs beneath South Beach Street were hampered by the extreme cold Saturday, said Roberto Santamaria, director of public health on Nantucket.

At least 24 workers braved temperatures in the teens and a sub-zero windchill factor to work to repair the pipe throughout Saturday.

Both the US Coast Guard and the National Guard assisted to deliver extra crews and parts to repair the pipe, after the icy waters of Nantucket Sound canceled some ferry service.

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