- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) - Officials say 10,000 gallons of raw sewage flowed into the LaPlatte River in northwest Vermont after a power failure.

Shelburne wastewater officials tell Vermont Public Radio (https://bit.ly/1G5KJ5k) a manhole overflowed when the battery backup of a computer failed.

The computer was supposed to monitor the station’s systems and turn the pump on and off as necessary. But it turned off and could not monitor the pump or send alarms to operators when a backup battery failed.

The battery backup also serves as a power strip for the computer when the electricity is working

Officials say all 19 pump stations are checked three times a week and operators inspect computer communications daily.

A check Friday morning showed errors with the station that experienced the failure.


Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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