Sewer overflow sparks no contact advisory for Kzoo River

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Another day of wintry weather is leading to more infrastructure problems for Kalamazoo city workers.

The  Kalamazoo Department of Public Services say they were alerted to a  partially treated wastewater spill at 4 p.m. Tuesday, coming from a  manhole at Lake and Clarence streets.

City officials say a nearby water main break amplified the spill.

DPS workers removed the blockage causing the overflow at 7 p.m. Tuesday, restoring normal flow.

However,  officials estimate about 20,300 gallons of partially cholorinated  wastewater were discharged before then, reaching the Kalamazoo River via  storm sewers. The spill is leading to a no contact advisory by  Kalamazoo County health officials. The advisory covers the Kalamazoo  River between the King Highway and Mills Street bridges.

In a  separate water main break, the city has shut down Pitcher Street at  Walnut Street through Feb. 6 for water main break repairs. Drivers  should take an alternate route.

Tuesday, Kalamazoo issued a boil  water advisory for Stadium Drive starting at Seneca Lane and stretching  about 1,000 feet eastward. The advisory, sparked by another water main  break, forced some nearby businesses to close.

On Monday, Kalamazoo officials blamed increasing frost depths for the numerous water main breaks, saying that was causing pipes to shift.

City  officials are also asking residents to run a narrow stream of water in  their homes nonstop, probably until April 1, to prevent pipes from  freezing.

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