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Treated sewage released into Saginaw River

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Treated sewage was released into the Saginaw River this week after snow melted in 50-degree temperatures, then rain fell for nearly 24 hours. says ( ) the weather created flood-like conditions that put a strain on the sewer system.

According to a report from the Saginaw waste water treatment plant, more than 270 million gallons of treated waste water was dumped into the river from Tuesday to Thursday.

Treatment plant operations foreman John Bunzow says "the sewer can only handle so much before it backs up into the retention and treatment basins."

The plant treats waste water, unlike the Saginaw Water Treatment Plant, which treats Saginaw's drinking water.