Sink­hole es­capes Su­per flush­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

FRASER, MICH. — Of­fi­cials feel flushed with suc­cess after water con­ser­va­tion ef­forts pre­vented Su­per Bowl fans from adding to prob­lems associated with a subur­ban Detroit sink­hole. Ma­comb County pub­lic works chief Candice Miller warned Fri­day that thou­sands of Na­tional Foot­ball League fans flush­ing toi­lets at half­time Sun­day night could over­whelm a bro­ken sewer line blamed for the sink­hole.

But she told ra­dio sta­tion WWJ ev­ery­thing went OK on Sun­day and that she be­lieves ef­forts to con­serve water in the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties “made the dif­fer­ence.”

Crews are build­ing a by­pass to get around the bro­ken sewer line in Fraser, but it’s not ready yet.

The line af­fects more than 300,000 peo­ple in 11 com­mu­ni­ties. The sta­tion says some peo­ple held back on flush­ing and some restau­rants used pa­per plates to curb dish­wash­ing water use.

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Water con­ser­va­tion ef­forts helped pre­vent big­ger prob­lems re­lated to a subur­ban Detroit sink­hole dur­ing the Su­per Bowl.

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