Sewer main break causes wastewater spill.

February 28, 2019

Sewer main break causes wastewater spill.


SHELBY – A 3-foot crack in a sewer force main on Harvey Street in the village caused wastewater to spill onto a vacant lot Tuesday, Feb. 26, said Village Administrator Robert Widigan.

“At approximately 4 p.m., wastewater from a cracked sewer force main spilled out onto a vacant lot near 540 Harvey Street,” Widigan said. “The spill was discovered right away, and the Shelby Department of Public Works crew was able to keep the spill contained to the vacant lot.

“Public works staff worked through the night to clean up the area and was able to apply sand to the spill and contain it within a man-made levee. The wastewater absorbed by the sand and any contaminated ground is being removed accordingly. Waste Recovery Systems out of Wyoming, Michigan was contacted and will be cutting out and replacing the broken section of sewer main. This replacement will include the appropriate repair clamps for a pressurized sewer line.

“Sampling protocol is being followed under the direction of the Oceana County Health Department. Public works staff is also working in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Oceana County Health Department.

“Our crew quickly responded to the incident and contained the spill to one area,” said Widigan. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. The break in the sewer main spread from a smaller crack that was fixed many years prior. The new repair will help prevent this from happening in the future.”

The latest information will be posted at as it becomes available. Residents with questions about the spill are asked to call 231-861-4401.

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