2 million gallons of RAW SEWAGE is dumped in the Flint River, alerting residents to stay away while the city's water crisis gets worse
- A Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy report stated that 2 million gallons of untreated wastewater have been spilled in the Flint River
- The city of Flint, Michigan, could not initially reveal how much was being unloaded on August 18
- The residents issued an advice last week urging them to avoid the river for fear of exposure to many bacteria
- According to the report, a & # 39; flash flood event & # 39; flooded primary settling tanks in the city's waste water treatment plant and sent raw waste to the ground
The city of Flint, Michigan, dumped an estimated 2 million liters of raw wastewater into the Flint River last week, exacerbating the city's water crisis.
The spill occurred on August 18, but the city could not reveal how much sewage was entering the river until a partial report was submitted to the Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy on August 20.
Residents have been encouraged to stay away from the Flint River to prevent exposure to many bacteria.
This leakage is only a few months after officials warned that the wastewater infrastructure is a & # 39; critical point & # 39; approached as the water crisis continues five years later.
A Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy report stated that 2 million gallons of untreated wastewater have been spilled in the Flint River
On a late Saturday night, more than 2.2 inches of rain fell in the Flint area over a three-hour period.
According to the report, a & # 39; flash flood event occurred & # 39; place that exceeded the plant's primary settling tanks, causing flooding on the ground and in storm sewers. & # 39;
This then sent rough waste to the ground and into a sewer that discharges directly into the river, MLive reports.
The city has yet to reveal which protocols were in place prior to the spill or how it will prevent a similar incident in the future.
Last week's sewage comes just a few months after the city council has approved nearly $ 1 million in contracts with companies to help design sewage treatment upgrades.
This came after the infrastructure after officials had warned that the existing system was at risk of & # 39; catastrophic failure & # 39 ;.
The city of Flint is looking for a $ 34 million loan to finance the improvements to the wastewater infrastructure.
The residents issued an advice last week urging them to avoid the river for fear of exposure to many bacteria
& # 39; Large amounts of run-off and churning of river sediments generally result in a high bacterial content in the river in high-flow areas & # 39 ;, is the public health advice from the public health department.
& # 39; Notification of the test results of the water sample will be made through messages on the Michigan State website. Any revision or withdrawal of the health advice will take place as soon as the results are available. & # 39;
"We are coming to a point where we can no longer treat our wastewater and sewage," said Rob Bincsik, director of the Ministry of Public Works. MLive in June. & # 39; We no longer have to talk about drinking water, because we are only talking about the raw waste water that is discharged into the Flint. & # 39;
& # 39; The state of the infrastructure and the capital investments required in the water treatment plant had nothing to do with the recent discharge into the Flint River & # 39 ;, he added.
& # 39; The duration and intensity of the rain event caused an immediate and significant increase in the flow, causing the primary tanks to flood untreated sewage into the storm sewer and ultimately the river. Personnel from wastewater treatment plants has done everything possible to minimize the discharge, but they are really at the mercy of Mother Nature in such situations. & # 39;
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