Westport Beaches Closed Due to Sewage

Westport Beaches Closed

Upon the directive of the Westport-Weston Health District, Westport beaches have been closed this afternoon, August 14, 2019. They are expected to reopen tomorrow morning. It is advisable to suspend river activities during this time as well. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Westport Fire Department issued the following

[This morning], the Westport Fire Department personnel were notified that sewage was coming up from the drain in front of Saugatuck Elementary School (170 Riverside Avenue). The Public Works Department was immediately notified and a representative responded. As is standard practice, the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) was notified. All relevant parties, including the Parks & Recreation Department, Conservation Department, Marine Police and businesses abutting the Saugatuck River, were notified. The Sewer Department is working to fix the problem. This sewer is separate from, and the resulting discharge is significantly smaller than last week’s sewer leakage event.

In an abundance of caution and to protect public health and safety, the Westport-Weston Health District closed the beaches for swimming until further testing can be done.

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