Chlorine Leaks Twice at NY Water Plant

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 05:11 PM gHale

A leaking safety valve caused a second chlorine seepage at the City of Rome, NY’s, water treatment plant Nov. 21, forcing the shutdown of Stokes Lee Center Road near Route 26, officials said.

Stokes Elementary School also ended up closed, prior to the entire Rome City School District closing due to weather conditions.

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Rome mayor Jackie Izzo said around 5:30 Nov. 19 evening 30 pounds of chlorine leaked inside the new water treatment facility. Crews were on the scene then, and have been monitoring the situation for two days.

Izzo said Nov. 21 morning no chlorine has leaked into the water supply, there is no danger to the city’s water. She said a chlorine tank leaked on Saturday, and a safety valve leaked Monday morning.

The leak has been contained to the building, but it is possible area residents may smell chlorine in the air as building is ventilated, she said.

Emergency and HazMat personnel were on the scene well into Nov. 20, and on Nov. 21 HazMat crews from Utica and Rome ended up called in again for another leak, according to Oneida County Emergency Services.

Three people were in the facility when the leak ended up discovered Nov. 19, and two went a local hospital for decontamination. All three ended up released.

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