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UPDATE: Lake Quinsigamond Recreational Restrictions Lifted

By Tom Marino | February 28, 2024
Last Updated: February 28, 2024

UPDATE, Feb. 28: The advisory for use of the water at Lake Quinsigamond has been lifted. According to the city of Worcester, samples from the lake tested below the recreational use limits for E. Coli for the third time on Monday.

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WORCESTER – The City of Worcester announced a sewer overflow near 65 Lake Ave on Tuesday, Feb. 20, which may cause increased E. Coli levels around the area of contamination.

Residents are advised to use the area at Lake Quinsigamond with caution and not to use the lake for ice fishing until the levels return to normal. The lake will be tested daily to determine when levels support recreational use.

According to the city, at around 6 around 193,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged to the street from an underground pipe. The pipe was shut down by responding crews. Some of the flow entered the city’s storm sewer system, which drains into Lake Quinsigamond.

The sewer system is currently operating normally through a redundant pipe.

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