NYC mayor: Progress on fixing river sewage spill

July 22, 2011 - 9:13 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg says progress is being made on repairs at a Manhattan wastewater treatment plant that has spewed millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson River.

Pollution advisories are in effect at three beaches on Staten Island and one in Brooklyn. They're not closed, but the Health Department recommends against going in the water there.

Swimmers and kayakers in New York and New Jersey are being urged to stay out of the river.

The North River Wastewater Treatment Plant was taken offline Wednesday following a four-alarm fire in the engine room. Untreated wastewater began flowing into the river late Wednesday afternoon and has continued since.

Bloomberg said one engine is now back in service, and a second one may return sometime Friday.