Map of communities affected by the water supply breach (Photo: Great Lakes Water Authority)
An estimated 935,000 were affected by a water main burst at the Great Lakes Water Authority’s Lake Huron facility.
The GLWA is working to isolate a break in the 120-inch water transmission line; the largest in the regional water distribution system. The leak was found in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The location of the leak was found about a mile west of GLWA’s Lake Huron Water Treatment Facility. Firefighters are isolating the area so they can begin repairs.
Update: GLWA lowers advice on boiling water for 13 communities after water supply cut
Emergency connections to other pipes in the system will be opened once the leak is isolated, the GLWA said.
Boiling water precautions have been issued for the following affected communities:
- The village of Almont
- City of Auburn Hills
- Bruce Township
- Burtchville Township
- Chesterfield Township
- Clinton Township
- City of Flint
- Flint Township
- City of Imlay City
- City of Lapeer
- Lenox Township
- Macomb Township
- Mayfield Township
- Village of New Haven
- Municipality of Orion
- City of Pontiac
- City of Rochester
- City of Rochester Hills
- Shelby Township
- City of Sterling Heights
- City of Trojan
- City of Utica
- Washington Township
As of Saturday, 3:30 p.m., the following communities were removed from the preventive boil water advisory: Clinton Township, Flint, Flint Township, Rochester Hills, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Orion Township, Utica, Troy, Sterling Heights and Lapeer.
“Based on further review of GLWA’s water pressure data, it does not appear that water pressure in these communities has fallen below the 20psi threshold prior to promulgating a cooking water advisory,” GLWA said in a statement.
According to GLWA, the city of Romeo has been added to the precautionary advice for boiling water.
Residents covered by the Boiling Water Advice should not drink water without boiling it for at least a minute and then letting it cool, the GLWA said. According to the advice, boiled, bottled or disinfected water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice.
Whenever a water system loses pressure for an extended period of time, precautions are recommended, as a loss of pressure can lead to bacterial contamination in the water system,” the GLWA said. “Bacteria are generally not harmful and are common in our environment. Boiling water before using it kills bacteria and other organisms living in the water.”
The cause of the water main break is still under investigation.
Updates will be provided as information becomes available.
For more information, contact the Great Lakes Water Authority at [email protected] or by calling (313) 926-8192 or (313) 926-8128. General guidelines on ways to reduce the risk of infection from microbes are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800) 426-4791.
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