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Boiling water advice continues for several Metro Detroit communities after water supply interruption
August 14, 2022
A precautionary warning was issued to 13 communities on Saturday after a water main burst caused a loss of pressure.
The advisory initially covered 23 Metro Detroit communities on Saturday morning, but was updated Saturday afternoon to include just 13. The advisory was lifted for the following communities: Clinton Township, Flint, Flint Township, Rochester Hills, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Orion Township, Utica, Troy, Sterling Heights, and Lapeer.
Officials say crews have identified the location of a leak in a 120-inch water transmission line that distributes ready drinking water from a water treatment plant in Lake Huron. According to Water Authority of the Great Lakes, an estimated 935,000 people were affected on Saturday morning. Police are investigating the cause of the water main break.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at 4 p.m. today to respond to the ongoing water outage.
“Our highest priority right now is to protect the public health and safety of Michigan residents until this water main is repaired as soon as possible,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “I have activated the State Emergency Operations Center to ensure that all possible resources are available to GLWA and the affected communities to achieve that goal. I am grateful to all first responders, utility companies, state and municipal leaders, and everyone who works hard to make sure our neighbors have safe water. We will continue to work with local officials and are ready to give the full weight of state resources to get the job done.”
GLWA officials have been working to repair the broken water main. When a water system loses pressure, there is a risk of bacterial contamination. As a result, precautions have been taken.
GLWA states that crews will open emergency connections to other pipes once the leak is isolated to restore power to those affected.
Residents are urged not to drink the water without boiling it first. Those who want to consume the water should boil it for at least a minute and then let it cool before use. This advice is for drinking, making ice cream, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice.
GLWA is working to isolate a break in a 120-inch water transmission line that distributes ready drinking water from our Lake Huron Water Treatment Facility to communities in the northern portion of GLWA’s drinking water supply area. pic.twitter.com/X2z34yAUhN