Group: Wayne leads 15B-gallon sewage dump this year in Michigan
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Detroit— In the first four months of this year, Wayne County has discharged more than 13 billion gallons of raw or partially treated sewage into the state's lakes and streams, according to new data in a report released today.
According to the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, that's roughly 86 percent of the 15 billion gallons of waste discharged by the state as a whole. Wayne County, with the largest population in the state, produced 5 billion gallons of discharged waste in a single day (March 4), which is "enough to fill 8,300 Olympic-size swimming pools," according to the report.
The wastes from that day wound up in the Detroit and Rouge rivers.
MITA officials said the numbers show the need for a renewed commitment to addressing outdated and failing sewer infrastructure throughout the state.
"People can't help but take notice that many of our roads and bridges are in bad shape, but when a sewer pipe is leaking underground, it's out of sight, out of mind," said Keith Ledbetter, MITA's director of legislative affairs, in a press release.
"This head-in-the-sand mentality has led public officials to eliminate infrastructure funding while casting a blind eye at the ongoing — and growing — pollution of our state's trademark fresh waters."
Other counties in the region made MITA's Dirty Dozen List of the top dischargers in Michigan through the first four months of 2011. Macomb County was second, having released more than 1 billion gallons and Oakland County was eighth with 32.2 million gallons.
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