Heads up to anyone who lives downstream from Reading. A 42-inch sewer pipe has ruptured and the City of Reading is pumping raw sewage into the Schuylkill River to avoid further damage to the pipe! The damaged section of pipe is 50 feet from the Schuylkill River. The raw sewage starting being pumped into the river at 4 pm today.
The city is digging a big hole to collect the sewage and pipe it directed into the treatment plant downstream.
Reading Mayor Tom McMahon said fortunately the river is high because it will help “dilute” the sewage. The damaged pipe is sixty years old!
Officials in Pottstown and Philadelphia were notified as both communities use the Schuylkill River for their water supply. The state Department of Environmental Protection are on the scene and the EPA (federal) has been notified.
Might be a good time to stock up on bottled water!