Sewer-fouled splash pad to remain dry for now

Traverse City says it could take a month and $28,000 to fix a problem with a splash pad similar to this one.

Officials say Traverse City's new $360,000 splash pad that rained human waste-contaminated water on children following a sewer backup will remain closed for a while longer.

City officials confirm it may take more than a month to make changes to prevent a repeat of the problem.

One possible fix could cost $28,000. Other options are being explored.

City officials discovered June 30 that a sewer pump station failed, and sewage backed up and flowed into the 2,000-gallon water reservoir that feeds the splash pad's fountains. Officials have said the splash pad didn't have some permits that typically are needed.

Officials have said about 15 people reported illnesses or rashes after being at the Clinch Park splash pad June 29 and June 30.