Untreated sewage discharged into Flint River after equipment failure
FLINT, MI – Health department officials are recommending against body contact with the Flint River after raw, untreated sewage was discharged into it Sunday afternoon. While the Genesee County Health Department recommends against body contact with the river under current, high flow conditions, the advisory is particularly aimed at the Flint River west of the Mill Road Bridge at Flushing Road in Flint Township, said Jeanette Best, Flint’s water pollution control manager. Around that time, staff discharged excess wet weather flows consisting of raw, untreated sewage. Best did not say how many gallons of sewage were discharged into the river. Large amounts of runoff and churning river sediments generally result in high bacterial levels in high flow areas, Best said.mlive.com
City of Ann Arbor: Sanitary sewage flows onto S. Main Street for second time during relining project
ANN ARBOR – An estimated 50 gallons of sanitary sewage was released onto South Main Street on Wednesday morning after a contractor’s attempt to divert the sanitary sewer flow failed. This is the second incident to occur at the same site since Feb. 22, when an estimated 10,000 gallons of sewage was released onto South Main Street as a result of a failure during an ongoing sanitary sewer relining project. “The pipe was diverting sanitary sewer flow while the contractor cleaned the sanitary sewer main in advance of lining the pipe,” reads a news release. The contractor will be charged with all costs to the city related to the incident. The city of Ann Arbor notified the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy of the incident, in accordance with protocols.
City of Ann Arbor: Sanitary sewer overflow caused South Main Street shutdown on Monday
ANN ARBOR – The city of Ann Arbor announced on Tuesday afternoon that the temporary shutdown of all lanes of S. Main Street on Monday was a result of a sanitary sewer overflow. According to the city, a contractor was working on a sanitary sewer relining project in the mid morning when it experienced a by-pass pumping failure. As a result, an estimated 10,000 gallons of sanitary sewage was released onto South Main Street. “The by-pass operation was being done to divert the sanitary sewer while the contractor cleaned the sewer main in advance of lining the pipe,” reads a news release. City of Ann Arbor staff notified the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, in observance of regulatory protocols.
City helps fix Detroit woman’s home after Defenders investigate sewage issue
DETROIT – A Detroit man went to the Local 4 Defenders for help because his neighbor was dumping raw sewage in their backyard. Chavone Demham admitted to dumping the sewage and told the city that she was in need of help. “It’s a program called Code Blue,” Bowser said. AdIn a typical year, Code Blue helps about 30 families. While the assistance directly helps Demham, it also helps all of the neighbors living on Birwood Street.
Detroit senior citizen claims neighbor is dumping raw sewage in backyard of home
DETROIT – A local man said city officials wouldn’t help when he complained about his neighbor dumping raw sewage into the back yard. Something needs to be done about that sewage leaking into the backyard,” Scott said. Within hours of the Defenders contacting the city, an inspector -- along with Detroit police officers -- arrived to address the problem. The city said if the pumping of sewage does not stop immediately, they will be fined $500. If you have a similar problem, you can report it to Detroit’s Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department at 313-628-2451.
City of Ann Arbor: Thursday sewage overflow caused by blockage
ANN ARBOR, Mich. A sewage overflow in downtown Ann Arbor on Thursday afternoon was caused by a blockage, according to the City of Ann Arbor. The overflow, located near the intersection of Miller Avenue and Chaplin Street, resulted in an estimated 250 gallons of sanitary sewage leaving an 8-inch sanitary sewer pipe through a manhole cover. The sewage moved down the gutter into a storm drain and ended up reaching Allen Creek. An investigation by City of Ann Arbor Public Works found that the blockage was the result of roots and rocks in the pipe, which were removed by work crews. According to protocol, city staff has notified the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
Macomb County gets jump start testing sewage for coronavirus
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced it will begin working with state and local governments to conduct testing of sewage for the coronavirus. In Michigan, the Macomb County Public Works Office already has been on the leading edge of gathering samples from sewers to be sent for laboratory testing. MORE: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s what to know Aug. 21, 2020Using federal CARES Act funding received by Macomb County, in May the office launched a pilot project for sewage samples to be pulled from seven locations in Clinton Township. “Our department is an enthusiastic partner with the Macomb County Health Department and hospitals. This is another tool to assist them in getting ahead of where the spread of the coronavirus is at,” said Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller.
Michigan rejects Macomb County sewage treatment lagoon plan
DETROIT Michigan regulators have rejected a suburban Detroit county's plan to convert state waters into an open-air sewage treatment lagoon. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said Friday it had denied Macomb County's application to place the structure at the end of the Chapaton Retention Treatment Basin. Among them: removing illicit sewer connections, addressing failing septic systems and filtering stormwater tributaries to the Chapaton Retention Treatment Basin through upstream green infrastructure projects. Officials said they also had concerns about a potential public nuisance created by an open-air sewage lagoon so close to existing residences, boat launches and a marina. Read more: Looking for coronavirus (COVID-19) clues in Macomb Countys raw sewage
Ann Arbor: 9,000 gallons of sewage contained after sewer line breakage
ANN ARBOR, Mich. According to the city of Ann Arbor, a sewage overflow occurred on Friday, July 10, after a 42-inch sanitary sewer line was broken during renovations. An estimated 9,000 gallons of sanitary sewage left a pipe undergoing renovations by a city contractor. The sewage was contained in a pit created for the renovations and then re-entered the sanitary system by a newly constructed 30-inch sewer line. None of the sewage escaped the project site, located at Fuller and Glen Court. According to protocol, city staff has notified the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
Waste-watching: Sewage can help track pandemic virus trends
Across the U.S. and in Europe, researchers and health officials say they can track the course of a community outbreak by studying the waste flushed from its bathrooms. (Biobot via AP)NEW YORK One county in Utah beat back a spike of pandemic virus infections in the spring, and another saw its rate jump. We can detect the virus anonymously, quickly and on a large scale," said Dutch health minister Hugo de Jonge. Were working on this with urgency.Wastewater surveillance has long been used to look for outbreaks of the polio virus. The sewage data can also help gauge the effect of changes in measures to fight the virus spread, Meyer added.
Could sewage help predict virus outbreaks? Detroit project to study potential
DETROIT A revamped research project in Detroit will seek to find out if the sewer system can help predict coming virus outbreaks. This may be another mechanism for public health agencies, including the Detroit Health Department (DHD), to predict virus outbreaks. In fact, the researchers took the data from the sewage samples and looked at county health data for the same timeframe. The treatment process uses chlorine to kill viruses in sewage at the Water Resource Recovery Facility in southwest Detroit operated by GLWA. Track the latest COVID-19 data in Michigan.