Hull: Extraordinary overflow at wastewater treatment plant calls for shutdown of plant and schools

According to Hull Town Manager Phil Leminos, around 1AM Thursday pumps at the town’s wastewater treatment plant became overwhelmed.

Wet wells in the basement of the plant usually hold 20-feet of water but they’re currently holding an extra 10-feet, causing, what Leminos calls, “an extraordinary overflow.”

Crews worked throughout the day to pump out the extra water. “We brought on-site a whole series of emergency pumps to make sure that we don’t have a situation with sewerage backing-up into the streets or into people’s homes,” said Leminos outside the plant Thursday

Backward 911 calls were sent out in the morning asking residents to conserve water. “We’re asking residents to curtail water usage as best they can. So at this point, that’s the biggest impact to residents; we don’t expect that impact to get any more than that because the pumps we have on-site now are very, very large pumps–they come to us from a company out of Connecticut and they’re able to move alot of water quickly,” explained Leminos

Leminos noted that there’s no risk to drinking water because the sewage system is completely independent from the drinking water system.

Hull Public Schools were closed Thursday. Officials will meet Thursday evening to consider closing school again Friday.

Just before 4p.m. Thursday, Leminos said they’re still investigating the cause of the overflow.

Nantasket Avenue near Spring Street and Main Street remains closed.


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