Water main break, washout close YMCA, ski bowl

(UPDATED WITH VIDEO LINK) A huge dune washout occurred after a water main broke late Saturday on Water Tank Hill at Mulligan’s Hollow.
Becky Vargo
Mar 3, 2013

The YMCA and the Ski Bowl are closed as a result.

“No one else is affected by the lack of water,” said Grand Haven’s Public Works Director Bill Hunter.

He asked the public to stay off the hill for their safety and so heavy equipment needed in the area can work efficiently.

The washout is located north of the north YMCA parking lot, almost directly behind the North Ottawa Water System filtration plant.

The water main that broke is one of three lines coming from the plant that supply water to the tanks at the top of the hill.

Hunter said that the 2-million gallon tank was almost full, so he wasn't really concerned about supplying water to the community.

It would be a different matter if this happened in the summer when demand was higher, he said.

Crews were going to work today to put a valve on the pipe closer to the plant.

Restoring the 12-inch pipe and figuring out what will be done with the dune will be the next steps, he said.

Check out environmentalist Susan Rhem-Westhoff's video of the dune destruction by clicking HERE.

Read more about this situation in Monday's print and electronic editions of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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