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Lynn Water and Sewer says weekend overflow did not occur, as previously believed

LYNN — The Lynn Water and Sewer Commission has refuted its earlier claim that combined sewers overflow happened at King’s Beach over the weekend, which led to the commission advising residents against going into the water due to a perceived discharge of raw sewage. 

The LWSC sent out the notice on Sunday, but sent out an additional email on Monday which stated the overflow did not occur. 

Due to the timing of the supposed overflow, which occurred at 1:35 a.m. Sunday, visual verification and a detailed quality assurance and quality control (QAQC) of the data to confirm or negate the overflow, could not take place until Monday. 

“Typically this is done prior to sending the notification, so that miscommunication and artificial concern is not dispersed to the public,” reads an email from LWSC engineer RaeAnna Hughes. “Unfortunately, a member of the (email) list sent information to the local paper without the vendor or LWSC able to conduct the proper QAQC to confirm the event, which has in turn distressed the public with incorrect information.”

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