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Published May 27, 2010, 10:18 PM

Michigan, ND Without Water Since Tuesday

The town of Michigan, North Dakota is having to get by without water. The town shut off it's water on Tuesday. With problems in their sewer system and the recent rainfall, officials say it had to be done.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

The town of Michigan, North Dakota is having to get by without water.

The town shut off it's water on Tuesday. With problems in their sewer system and the recent rainfall, officials say it had to be done.

Jim Vasichek/Michigan Resident: "We've gotten a lot of water, but not a drop to drink."

With the heavy rains lately, Jim Vasichek finds it ironic his town of Michigan doesn't have any water.

Jim Vasichek/Michigan Resident: "It's frustrating. We haven't had water for two days. We have no sewer system. It's getting to be a primitive deal."

Michigan has a sewer system, but with so many cracks, ground water was leaking in. That's why the town had to shut the water off. The excess ground water could have caused the sewer system to back up into peoples' homes. Add the recent rainfall, and you have even more water leaking in. Water that has to be eliminated.

Jim Vasichek/Michigan Resident: "These guys are working day and night to get this resolved."

The goal is to get excess water away from the town. Officials say that once the water is turned back on, residents should use it in moderation.

Scott Gilbertson/Michigan City Council: " Getting water out of the tap is not the problem for us, but the water that goes down the drain is the problem."

Gilbertson says there's nothing wrong with the town's water. But officials say it had to be shut down to preserve the integrity of the sewer system.

Scott Gilbertson/Michigan City Council: " Our lift station was getting fuller of water and weren't able to keep up."

Gilbertson says they had to let the water level at the lift station go down. He says they are getting closer to a fix.

Scott Gilbertson/Michigan City Council: " We're working on a temporary solution at the moment to get things under control. Then will work towards a permanent solution."

The city hoped to have the water turned back on by 9:30pm Thursday.

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