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Leak causes untreated sewage to spill into Tittabawassee River

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The City of Midland says around 87,000 gallons of untreated sewage leaked into the Tittabawassee River over the weekend.  


According to the city, the leak was fixed by wastewater treatment plant staff once they became aware of the issue. Health officials say they do not expect the discharge to have a big impact on the health of the river. They say biological sampling is now underway both upstream and downstream from the spill.


“The Midland County Health Department does not believe this sewage discharge will have any appreciable impact on the water quality of the Tittabawassee River,” said Mike Krecek, the director of the county health department. He called the ongoing biological testing a “precautionary step.”

The leaking sewer main was located at the M-20 bridge over the Tittabawassee River.

Mike Horace is WCMU's Radio Program and Operations Manager, and is the local host of Morning Edition.