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Boiling water advice in effect for 14 Detroit metropolitan areas
August 13, 2022
The water boiling advice issued early Saturday is still in effect for 13 metropolitan cities in Detroit and now includes the city of Romeo after a water pipe burst was discovered early Saturday morning.
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) discovered the rupture in the 120-inch water main that distributes ready drinking water to 23 communities in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, affecting 935,000 residents. GLWA supplies drinking water to nearly 40 percent of Michigan’s population, and its transmission line is the largest in the regional distribution system.
Crews have determined the leak is located a mile west of GLWA’s Lake Huron Water Treatment Facility. Once the leak is isolated, crews can establish emergency connections to other pipes in the system and return some water to the affected communities.
The following 14 communities have been affected by the hiatus and still have water boiling advice:
After further reviewing the water pressure data from the GLWA, it was found that the water pressure for some areas did not fall below the 20psi threshold for issuing a water boiling recommendation. The advisory has been lifted for the following 10 communities:
Municipality of Orion
Residents in areas still covered by the advice should not drink the water without boiling it first. Residents should bring all water to a boil for at least one minute and then allow it to cool before using. Until further notice, boiled, bottled or disinfected water must be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food.
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While bacteria are generally not harmful, according to the GLWA, boiling the water before use will kill any bacteria or other organisms that may have contaminated the water from the loss of water pressure.
GLWA is investigating the causes of the breakage, and the advisory will be lifted when a water sample determines it is safe to drink.