Grand Rapids: 429M Gallons of Wastewater Released

By: AP
By: AP

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Grand Rapids says recent flooding sent 429 million gallons of partially treated sewage into the Grand River.

That's the equivalent of filling 8.5 million bathtubs at 50 gallons each. The Grand Rapids Press reports the overflows occurred at retention basins where wastewater doesn't get fully treated.

The newspaper says the overflows were reported to the state.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council spokesman Dan Schoonmaker says it wasn't raw sewage. He says there were worse environmental threats during intense rain and floods.

The Grand River dropped below flood stage Thursday. About 1,700 people have been evacuated in Kent County.

Meanwhile, The Saginaw News reports the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant has discharged about 1.5 billion gallons of treated wastewater into the Saginaw River. The area also has experienced heavy rains and flooding.


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