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Retention Treatment Basins in Metro Detroit

January 31, 2012

When rainfall is very light you’ll notice almost no storm drain flow volume
in the Red Run as a majority is routed the Detroit Wastewater Treatment Plant (DWTP)
When rainfall is heavy, the water volumes begin to exceed the outlet capacity
for DWTP; excess flow goes into the George W. Kuhn Retention Treatment Basin.
There it is stored, screened and disinfected prior to discharge to the Red Run Drain.

A majority of the water entering the Red Run is therefore just plain rain water.
Any water volume released from the retention center was treated with bleach.
The Red Run Inter-County Group has cracked down on older illicit sewer hookups
sending investigators out to track/trace the flows with dye and fix the issues.
2012 should be a good year as infrastructure personnel continue to make improvements.

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Retention Basin Facilities in Metro Detroit

Retention Basin Facilities in Metro Detroit

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