Water Main Break Continues To Cause Boil Water Advisories In Several Metro Detroit Communities

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On Saturday, a water main break caused a lack of pressure, prompting officials to issue a precautionary boil water advisory for 13 localities. The original 23 municipalities still needed to be alerted by Saturday afternoon. Clinton Township, Flint, Flint Township, Rochester Hills, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Orion Township, Utica, Troy, Sterling Heights, and Lapeer are among the areas where the alert has been removed.

Down below is a list of the places that have been hit worst.

  • The Village of Almont
  • Bruce Township
  • Burtchville Township
  • Chesterfield Township
  • City of Imlay City
  • Lenox Township
  • Macomb Township
  • Mayfield Township
  • Village of New Haven
  • City of Rochester
  • City of Romeo (Just the industrial park, not the entire city)
  • Shelby Township
  • Washington Township

Effort By Authorities

Water officials say they’ve pinpointed the source of a leak in a 120-inch transmission main that carries treated water from Lake Huron to consumers. 

There were approximately 935,000 customers affected, according to the Great Lakes Water Authority. 

Officials are looking into what caused the water main to burst.

At 4 p.m. today (Sunday 14th August), Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to react to the continuing water main break.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said that preserving public health and safety is their top concern until the water main is restoring. “To that end, I’ve establish the State Emergency Operations Center to ensure GLWA and the affective areas have access to every tool at their disposal. My sincere appreciation goes out to the emergency personnel, utility employees, county and municipal officials, and everyone putting in so much effort to ensure that our neighbors have access to clean water. It is our commitment to work with local leaders and are ready to commit the total effort of state resources to complete the task.”

GLWA Emergency

The GLWA has been hard at work trying to fix the burst water main. If the water pressure drops, microorganisms might potentially get into the system. Therefore, safety precautions are implementing.

GLWA are working to establish emergency connections to other mains; following the containment of the leak to restore service to affected individuals. It is advise that citizens do not consume untreated water. Water should be boiled for one minute and then cooled before consumption. Until notice, please use only bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and cooking.

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