Sewage leak shuts down splash pad and causes health scare
The Grand Traverse County Health Department is ready to field phone calls from parents after a sewage leak sparks a health concern at the new splash pad.
The Clinch Park splash pad in Traverse City was shut down Sunday afternoon after a sewage leak was discovered. The sewage backup is being blamed on a malfunctioning pump. Until the pump is replaced, the splash pad will remain closed.
The Grand Traverse County Health Department is asking people who played on the splash pad on Saturday or Sunday to watch for signs of illness.
Symptoms may include: Gastrointestinal problems, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, or visible signs of infection in an open wound or rash or Jaundice (a yellowish pigmentation of the skin or eyes).
In the event that exposure to the contaminated water does result in any of the listed symptoms seek medical attention. Illnesses, if they occur, would likely present themselves throughout the next two week period.
If you or your child has been exposed to the water at Clinch Park on June 29 or June 30 and you have questions about the possible health risk, please call 231â??995â??6132 to speak to a Public Health Nurse.
The Grand Traverse County Health Department will be monitoring the situation and continue to work with the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) before any approvals are given to reopen the park.
A ribbon cutting was held last week for the newly renovated Clinch Park and water pad area.