Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 30, 2013

Coming Tuesday: DEQ cites city for water treatment failures


— TRAVERSE CITY — A failure in the city's drinking water treatment system that occurred during the National Cherry Festival went unreported for almost a month.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials issued the city a Significant Deficiency Violation Notice for incidents on July 5 and July 31, when the city failed to use enough coagulant to filter out a pathogen that can cause diarrhea. The more serious incident occurred on July 5 because of a pump failure.

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