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Friday update out of Provincetown after sewer emergency closes restaurants, public restrooms – Boston 25 News



Crews worked endlessly through the night getting the vacuum line on Bradford Street up and running in Provincetown as the Cape Cod community is nearing the 24-hour mark of a sewer emergency.

The emergency impacts all businesses and homes on Provincetown’s vacuum sewer system, including properties on Commercial Street from Snow Street to Point Street, and properties on the sewer system on Bradford Street between Conwell Street and Prince Street, according to the town. These properties remain shut down as of Friday morning.

All public restrooms remain closed Friday and 18 porta-o-potties were placed on Ryder Street near Provincetown Town Hall.

The emergency does not apply to sewer customers that are on Provincetown’s gravity system, nor does it apply to properties with on-site septic systems, Town Manager Alex Morse said.

“We continue to make progress and we are moving in the right direction,” said Morse. “However, more work is to be done and the sewer emergency for properties on the vacuum sewer system is still in place at this time.”

Restaurants were told to cease operations immediately, public restrooms closed, and residents were ordered to limit water use after Provincetown declared a sewer emergency, officials announced Thursday.

Residents have had to drastically reduce water use, including dishwashing, laundry, showering, and only flush when absolutely necessary, town officials added.

Morse says another update will be provided in the early afternoon or sooner if they have any significant updates or changes before then.

For a complete list of properties impacted by the vacuum system, click this link:

If you have any questions you can call DPW Deputy Director Sherry Prada during business hours at 508-487-7060.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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