Nantucket Cleanup Continues After Sewer Failure

NANTUCKET – The cleanup continues on Nantucket after the catastrophic sewer failure earlier this month that spilled millions of gallons of raw sewage into Nantucket Harbor.

Pedestrian access has been re-opened to South Beach Street near the harbor and yacht club after crews decontaminated the area earlier this week.

Workers are continuing decontamination work on the utility vaults and conduits that were below the surface in the affected area. Dewatering work in the area will eventually lead to excavation of the site.

All downtown streets and parking remain open, with the exception of South Beach Street from Broad Street to Harborview Way, Sea Street and Whaler’s Lane.

South Beach Street Extension is closed from Broad Street to Oak Street.

While water and sewer use remains unaffected, Nantucket residents are still being asked to limit their water use as much as they possibly can.

An independent assessment of what caused the system to fail is now underway.

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