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ESCANABA– According to the Radio Results Network, the City of Escanaba says that it sent 185,000 gallons of partially-treated sewage into Little Bay de Noc this week. The city says it had no choice in the wake of recent snow melt, high ground water levels, and recent rains. The decision was made to do this to avoid sewage backing up into homes and businesses in the city.
The discharge was done late Wednesday night and Thursday morning and the waste was sent into the bay about one mile off shore. The waste was blasted with high levels of chlorine to disinfect.
Escanaba is planning to raise water and wastewater rates by 22 and 45 percent this summer, and apply for state grants, to replace pipes in the city and to expand the wastewater treatment facility. An informational meeting on that is set for next Thursday night at 6:00 at Escanaba City Hall.