- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage has spilled into the Mohawk River from a city’s wastewater treatment system for the second time this month.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says the latest spill in the city of Amsterdam occurred when a pipe broke Monday morning, sending sewage into an adjacent creek that flows into the river 30 miles northwest of Albany.

More than 300,000 gallons of untreated sewage is estimated to have spilled into the river. City officials say crews are working to repair the broken pipe.

The spill comes two weeks after more than 500,000 gallons of partially treated sewage spilled into the river because of an equipment failure at a city pump station.

Amsterdam officials blame the spills on the city’s aging sewer system that’s scheduled for upgrades next year.

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