Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notification

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January 7, 2019 - ​At approximately 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, the City of Ann Arbor was notified of a manhole in Buhr Park with water leaking from it. Upon further investigation, city public works crews identified this as a sanitary sewer overflow. City public works crews immediately mobilized to unblock the sewer and clear debris from the sanitary sewer pipe. The blockage was due to tree roots.​

An estimated 675 gallons of sewage discharged into a grassy area in Buhr Park, then draining into a stormwater system inlet, ultimately flowing to Malletts Creek. The affected area in Buhr Park has been cordoned off, with signs posted. In addition, lime has been applied to the affected area to neutralize any bacteria. 

In accordance with regulatory protocols, City of Ann Arbor staff has notified the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

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Contact Information

Jennifer Lawson
Water Quality Manager
734.794.6000, ext. 43735

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