Health Advisory after Sewage Leak

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 01:08 PM gHale


A public health advisory ended up issued Tuesday for an area of the AuSable River where unusually high levels of E.coli bacteria after a Saturday sewage water overflow, according to the district health department.

Just under 17,000 gallons of sewage leaked into the Au Sable River after a leak occurred at the Grayling, MI, city’s main lift station.

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After recognizing the leak, workers were able to quickly contain the overflow, officials said.

The Department of Public Works for Grayling received notification of a sewage spilling into the river at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

City Manager Doug Baum said after officials arrived on scene, investigations showed certain pumps weren’t working and there was an electric problem with the control head.

No solid waste was going into the river, just dirty sewage water, officials said. In addition, workers fixed all malfunctioning equipment.

Swimming or other water activities in the area increase the risk of becoming sick from contamination.

Officials said children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems are at a higher risk of contamination.

Flu-like symptoms and upper respiratory illnesses can occur from being exposed to the water.