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.