Outdated pipes causing pollution to waterways in NJ

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A rainy few weeks has led to a huge source of pollution to New Jersey waterways.

In many older cities, stormwater from the streets and water from toilets go to the same pipes.

Due to heavy rainfall, about 200 combined sewage outflow pipes have been overloaded with stormwater and untreated sewage.

This forces the stormwater along with the sewage to be dumped into waterways across the state.

"Every year there's 24 billion gallons of raw sewage that gets dumped into our waterways," says Greg Remaud, of NY/NJ Baykeeper. "The waterways that we swim in, that we fish in, that we live near."

State and federal regulations call for towns and cities to fix the problem as the number of combined sewage outflow pipes is dropping.

However, in about 20 cities, it could cost billions of dollars to replace the outdated pipe system.

A state Senate committee approved a bill this week that would allocate $10 million from a $225 million lawsuit settlement with Exxon Mobil to help towns fix the problem.

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