Raw Sewage Has Been Pouring Into the Hudson River Since 1913

The city of Albany is now dealing with a 105-year-old oversight that has sent raw sewage from the Argus Building on Broadway straight into the Hudson River since 1913.

Water Commissioner Joe Coffey says untreated waste from the Argus has gone into a storm drain instead of the city's sewer system, and has been pumping an estimated 6,000 gallons per day into the river.

Coffey says the building was supposed to connect to an interceptor line back then, but for one reason or another, it never happened.

The problem was detected while crews were rehabbing an adjacent building.

The price tag to hook the building up to the city's sewer system estimated at around $50,000.

Proper connection is expected in a couple of weeks.

Photo: WNYT

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