Three spills on Mich. river prompt drinking water concerns

By on February 6, 2012

An oil spill and two mysterious diesel spills in the Kalamazoo River’s recent history has a community concerned about the source of its drinking water, according to a report from a local CBS News affiliate.

The river flows nearby Augusta’s drinking water wells, which supply around 1,000 people with water. The village hasn’t detected problems yet but  is looking into moving its well field or getting water from other cities.

In 2010, 800,000 gallons of oil spilled into the river. Officials still haven’t determined the source of the two diesel spills, the first of which occurred in a drainage ditch in February 2011. A year later a nearly identical spill appeared.

Read more at wwmt.com

Image credit: NOAA.gov

About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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