Health Alert Issued After Splash Pad Sewer Backup

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Officials in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula issued a health alert after a sewer backup fouled Traverse City's new $360,000 splash pad.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports city officials discovered Sunday morning that sewage backed up into the Clinch Park splash pad's reservoir as five or six children played in and around a waterscape feature that opened last week.

Officials issued a warning for anyone who used the splash pad Saturday or Sunday.

The newspaper says the backup resulted from a failed pump that tripped a circuit breaker at a pump station, and that also knocked out a pump failure alarm. A city employee Sunday morning saw sewage bubbling up from a manhole cover, and called officials.

The splash pad is part of a $2.6 million Clinch Park renovation project.


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