Bay City lifts state of emergency, partial water usage ban still in effect

Bay City officials say that a resident located the source of the water main leak, and as a result the local state of emergency has been lifted.

The leak was located on the east side of Bay City. A resident with property on the riverfront adjacent to the Bay City Waste Water Treatment Plant told officials of water flowing into the Saginaw River.

Officials were able to confirm a leak in a 24-inch water main. The water from this leak was flowing into the Saginaw River through a storm drain.

The leak was isolated from the rest of the system.

Because of the leak and the resulting massive water loss, the Water Treatment Plant has lost much of its reserves. Now, officials say, that 70% of the water reserve that was lost has been regained.

With the state of emergency lifted, businesses may now resume normal operation. However, officials have kept in effect a non-essential water ban.

Right now residents are banned from using water for:

*Sprinkling, watering, or irrigating gardens, shrubbery, trees, lawns, or ground covers.

*Washing of sidewalks, driveways, porches, patios, or other outdoor hard surface areas.

*The filling of swimming pools, or using water for ornamental fountains, pools, or ponds.

*Washing of any equipment such as cars, trucks, trailers, boats, or airplanes.

Once the reserves are back to normal levels, Bay City officials say that the ban will be lifted.

Be sure to watch NBC 25 News tonight at 6 for more on this developing story.