More water main breaks in Kzoo prompt advisories

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

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.

Separately, a water main break on Piccadilly Road caused another boil advisory in the city. That advisory was issued Wednesday and lifted Friday after tests confirmed the break and resulting loss in pressure did not result in any bacteria getting into the sytem.

It was the fourth boil water advisory linked to a broken water main issued in the city since Sunday, all of which were lifted by the end of the week.

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

On Monday, the city blamed increasing frost depths for shifting the mains and causing the breaks.

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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