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It was the black blob that gave a black eye to Niagara Falls, New York last summer. A discharge of wastewater near the Maid of the Mist docks very quickly gained international attention. The city's water authority has taken steps to address what happened. The question WBFO asked a representative of the Niagara Falls Water Board: As summer approaches and with it an increase in tourism, how prepared is the city to avoid a similar water incident?

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It's one of those urban jokes: as soon as a street is repaired, someone comes by to dig it up to make some infrastructure repair. The City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Falls Water Board are in cooperation to make sure that doesn't happen - this time.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board says things are turning around at its troubled Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant became internationally infamous in July of last year, when it dumped black material into the middle of a tourist-filled section of the Niagara River.

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The City of Niagara Falls has made news in recent months for the problems plaguing its water infrastructure. But the Cataract City is just one of many municipalities dealing with outdated systems in states of disrepair. The Niagara Falls Water Board is launching a new initiative to raise awareness of the need for large-scale improvements not just in that city but across the Great Lakes region.


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Thursday should be the day a major water main break in Niagara Falls is finally fixed.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board will be holding a special meeting Thursday morning to approve a contractor to repair a major water main break that has disrupted the city's water supply since Friday.

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A plan is in the works to help prevent more "black water" and other illegal discharges into the lower Niagara River. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be calling on the State Legislature to fund major improvements to the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

 

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The Niagara Falls Water Board says at this point, it does not know how long it will take to fix a broken water main that supplies much of the city of Niagara Falls.

The Niagara Falls Board is advising residents in the city of Niagara Falls to boil their water before using, after a water line ruptured allowing dirty water to enter the system.

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The Niagara Falls, ON Council meets Tuesday night and is expected to demand the Niagara Falls, NY Water Board do something to stop overflows of sewage into the Niagara River that borders the United States and Canada.

Yet another discharge of cloudy black water was seen in the Niagara River Monday morning, just below Niagara Falls.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board is facing more criticism from state regulators following another unplanned discharge from its wastewater treatment plant late Wednesday afternoon.

Major water main break at NF chemical plant

Sep 22, 2017
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The Niagara Falls Water Board said it detected a water main break on the Goodyear chemical plant property in the City of Niagara Falls late Thursday night, which resulted in a loss of system pressure affecting local residential and commercial water customers in the service area.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board is being fined by the state over its "black water discharge" near the base of the Falls on July 29. Governor Andrew Cuomo calls the incident inexcusable.

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos Friday announced that the Niagara Falls Water Board violated water quality standards as a result of an August 15 combined sewer overflow discharge that caused a substantial visible contrast to the natural conditions in the Niagara River. The state issued a Notice of Violation to the water board.

NF Water Board stops discharging sediment

Aug 24, 2017
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The Niagara Falls Water Board said it is making changes per the investigation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The Niagara Falls Sewage Treatment plant is under a microscope once again. State regulators are investigating a second discharge from the plant into the lower Niagara River. 

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The Niagara County Legislature raised the stakes on the Niagara River black sludge spill by seeking criminal investigations on local, state and federal levels.

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The Niagara County Legislature will be holding a special meeting Thursday night to call for a criminal investigation into the black wastewater discharged into the Niagara River.  

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The Niagara Falls Water Board is apologizing for the sewage dump into the Niagara River on Saturday. Water Board Chairman Dan O'Callaghan read a prepared statement and refused to take questions, during a quick appearance Thursday afternoon outside board headquarters.

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A local state assemblyman is welcoming Governor Andrew Cuomo's call for an investigation into last weekend's discharge of wastewater near the base of Niagara Falls. That lawmaker is pointing his own finger directly at the Niagara Falls Water Board for an incident he says should never have happened.


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The Niagara Falls City Council is considering disbanding the city's water board. The development follows a winter in which residents endured weeks without running water after water mains froze.

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Thousands of Niagara Falls residents are being advised to keep the water trickling.