More than 1M gallons of contaminated water released into Lake Champlain

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Beaches remained closed in Burlington Wednesday and the problem has gotten worse. City officials say the treatment facility plant has become overwhelmed due to the amount of stormwater runoff.

The city says several beaches are closed due to E. coli contamination.

Saturday, Burlington's wastewater treatment plant released 700,000 gallons into Lake Champlain, which included stormwater runoff and sewage. A test showed the water was contaminated with E. coli at more than twice the limit.

Monday, there was another release of 1.1 million gallons of contaminated water into the lake. That amount of water would fill about two Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Beachgoers say they want something to be done to prevent this from happening in the future.

"It's just crazy to me because I've lived here for a long time. What do we need to do? And let's do it," said Jean Reinsborough of Burlington.

We are told results from Monday's E. coli testing came back well below standard.

The city says they will reopen the beaches Wednesday night.