NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (AP) — A town in upstate New York is facing nearly $38,000 in fines, unless it can plug the problems with its crumbling sewer system as demands increase.

Niskayuna Councilman Jonathan McKinney says the state Department of Environmental Conservation sent a letter to the town’s supervisor about the problems.

McKinney says the town could be assessed $7,500 for violating water flow regulations. It also faces $30,000 in penalties if it failes to submit a plan by Jan. 3.

McKinney is a member of Niskayuna’s Water and Sewer Committee.

The town is about six miles southeast of Schenectady.

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