TCE plume contamination found in private well north of known boundary

By: 
Linda Gallagher

MANCELONA — For the past several years, the path of the TCE plume of contamination that has migrated more than six miles from Mancelona since 1999 hasn't passed through heavily populated areas, but now it appears possible that the plume is once again on the verge of contaminating dozens of private water wells.  

Recently, traces of the contamination, which stems from a de-greaser agent used by a Mancelona manufacturing facility for more than 20 years, were found in a private well located just north of the plume's known existing boundary of Shanty Creek Road near the Cedar River well fields off Troon Drive, according to the Mancelona Area Water and Sewer Authority's Jim MacQuarrie. 

Created shortly after the discovery of contaminated drinking water in Mancelona, the Mancelona Area Sewer and Water Authority (MAWSA) now provides clean drinking water to hundreds of homes in the village of Mancelona as well as homes northwest of the village in the path of the contamination from water wells located east of Mancelona as well as well fields off Shanty Creek Drive. 

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