The Michigan Supreme Court says it will decide if judges can order a sewer system when septic tanks fail and spoil a lake.
The court says Thursday it will take an appeal in a case involving Worth Township along Lake Huron in Michigan's Thumb region. State regulators want the township to install a sewer system, but an appeals court said local government isn't responsible for the problems of private property owners.
Some septic systems are failing on a five-mile stretch between M-25 and Lake Huron in Sanilac County. Waste is being discharged into Lake Huron and its tributaries.
Worth Township says it can't build a sewer system without financial help from the state.