No swimming in Jordan Lake after sewage overflow

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ODESSA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Health officials say you shouldn’t go swimming in Jordan Lake after a sewage overflow in a tributary creek.

The overflow from the Lakewood Wastewater Authority near Lake Odessa happened Tuesday, dumping sewage into a creek that runs into Jordan Lake.

The authority then tested the creek water and found high levels of E. coli. Officials will keep testing the water until E. coli levels diminish.

The Ionia County Health Department initially issued a no-body contact advisory, but on Thursday revised that after additional testing, saying partial body contact was OK. They said you still shouldn’t go swimming in the lake or put your head or face in the water.

You can safely go boating and fishing on the lake, officials said.

You should still wash thoroughly after touching the water.

More details on the overflow can be found by contacting Lakewood Wastewater Authority at 616.374.3264. The Ionia County Health Department can be contacted at 616.527.5341 for public health questions.

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