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Lowell discharges over 15-million gallons of sewer and storm water into Grand River

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Posted at 6:55 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 21:35:01-04

LOWELL, Mich. — The city of Lowell recently discharged over 15-million gallons of sewer and storm water into the Grand River.

After heavy rains and flooding last week, sewer and storm water were discharged from the city's water collection system into the river, according to the city of Lowell today.

The discharge was stopped on May 24 at 7:40 a.m. The city did not say when it stared.

The city of Lowell said bypassing its Wastewater Treatment Plant "became necessary" to prevent sewer and storm water from backing up into residents' basements and "overwhelming" the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The city notified the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Kent County Health Department when the discharge ended.

Lowell also discharged sewer and storm water into the river during flooding in 2013 and 2018. In 2018, it pumped over 19-million gallons.