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Sanitary Sewer Overflow Notification

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Archived News Release: August 28, 2020 - ​Late in the afternoon on Thursday, Aug. 27, an 8-inch sanitary sewer line overflowed from a manhole cover near the intersection of Miller Avenue and Chapin Street. City of Ann Arbor Public Works employees investigated and found the overflow was being caused by a blockage of roots and rocks in the pipe. Crews immediately cut the roots and removed the rocks to reestablish flow in the pipe. An estimated 250 gallons of sanitary sewage escaped the pipe and ran down the gutter into the storm drain, ultimately reaching Allen Creek. 

In accordance with regulatory protocols, City of Ann Arbor staff notified the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. 

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Contact Information

Jennifer Lawson
Water Quality Manager
734.794.6000 x 43735
[email protected]


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