Health Department: Grand River E. Coli Levels ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Disturbing’

Posted at 9:28 PM, Apr 24, 2013

flood picture genericKENT COUNTY, Mich.- Fox 17 tested water samples from the Grand River to see how the flood affected water quality.  The results from Prein & Newhof show some areas in the Grand River have more than 33 times the safe bacteria level.

Lisa LaPlante from the Kent County Health Department says, “It’s very dangerous, I mean this is a mix of a lot of different toxins that can make people sick, that can make animals sick and it really just goes to show you that you need to stay away from the water.”

In the last week we’ve seen people on jet skis and in kayaks along with children and animals playing in the water.

LaPlante says, “Some untreated sewage may have gotten into the Grand River throughout this event.  When you see numbers that high it is very concerning.”

The no contact advisory for the Grand River and it’s flood waters continues until further notice.