- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Officials say an estimated 3,000 gallons of partially treated sewage has been discharged into Huron River.

The Ann Arbor News reports (http://bit.ly/1J0ko7a ) it was discovered Wednesday that an underground pipe at the city’s wastewater treatment plant broke.

Officials say, however, the effect on human health and the environment is minimal since river water has diluted the discharge. They say it’s safe to be in contact with the water.

Plant effluent water, which is treated wastewater that hasn’t gone through disinfection, leaked out of the pipe for about an hour, filling an excavated hole. Officials say it overflowed into the plant’s stormwater sewer system that discharges into the Huron River.

Officials say plant staff shut off the portion of the piping system that had broken shortly after the problem was discovered.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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