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Divers fix pipe sending sewage into Grand River

March 1, 2017
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Officials said an estimated 2-million gallons of sewage flowed into the Grand River before a hole in an underwater pipe was repaired by divers.

Dave Krohn, superintendent of the Grand Haven/Spring Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant, said the leak was capped yesterday morning: two days after the leak first was discovered by a member of the public and four days after it is believed to have begun.

Krohn said it's not clear yet what caused the 2-inch hole to form in an iron pipe that carries wastewater from Spring Lake and Ferrysburg to the wastewater treatment plant in Grand Haven.

Ottawa County health officials issued an advisory on Monday, urging people to avoid contact with the Grand River until the sewer system was fixed and tested.

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