Outage forces Ypsilanti wastewater to briefly bypass plant filtration

YPSILANTI, MI — A brief power outage at the Ypsilanti sewage treatment plant resulted in a partial bypass of sewage filtration, officials said.

The Ypsilanti Community Utility Authority announced that one of the plant’s secondary sewage pumps lost power on Wednesday morning. This caused a partial sewage bypass through its third level of filtration from 8:44 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. May 4, officials said.

YCUA initiated the bypass to avoid the discharge of sewage into the environment, officials said, adding that all sewage has undergone its standard secondary treatment and UV disinfection, but some has bypassed tertiary filters.

Authorities collect samples of the bypassed wastewater to ensure that it meets the required parameters. A written report will be submitted to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

Individuals can submit questions or request additional information by contacting Sree Mullapudi, YCUA’s Director of Wastewater Operations and Compliance. Mullapudi can be reached by phone at 734-544-7121 or by email at smullapudi@ycua.org.

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