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Residents Remain Advised to Avoid Shiawassee River As Durand Experiences Sanitary Sewer Overflow

Bacteria Levels Likely Still High After Continued Rains, Sanitary Sewer Overflow at Durand Wastewater Treatment Plant

Posted by Durand Now at 3:58pm 6/20/19

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The Shiawassee County Health Department (SCHD) has been informed of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) occurring at the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Durand, Michigan.

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the City of Durand began experiencing a sanitary sewer overflow at their waste water treatment plant. The discharge of partially treated sewage is ongoing and the amount of partially treated sewage that has been released is currently unknown.

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A total rainfall of 2.35 inches was measured at the Durand Wastewater Treatment plant. The sewage overflow is a result of this heavy rain event that occurred along with the presence of saturated soil conditions due to recent rains in the local area. Sewage discharges only happen when heavy rains or excessive snow melt are experienced.

SCHD advises that recreational users of the Shiawassee River avoid contact with the water until further notice. Minor flooding occurred throughout Shiawassee County. People are advised to use caution when traveling in low lying areas.

Casey Elliott, SCHD's Environmental Health Director, told Durand Now "With the recent rain events that keep occurring I would expect the bacteria levels to remain high until we get a period of dry weather.  As soon as weather permits we will be sampling the river and will share out the results of the sampling."

For further information please contact Jeff Stull, Director of Public Works for the City of Durand, at (989) 288-3113, or Casey Elliott, at (989) 743-2390.

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