Boil water advisories issued for 13 Michigan communities

A boil water advisory has been issued for 13 Michigan communities following the discovery of a leaking water main, according to the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA).

The advisory was originally issued for 23 communities early Saturday morning. But as of 3:00 p.m., the advisory only affected 13 communities after GLWA removed 11 and added one.

Approximately 288,000 people are affected in the following communities:

  • The village of Almant
  • Township of Bruce
  • Township of Burtchville
  • Township of Chesterfield
  • City of Imlay
  • Township of Lenox
  • Township of Macomb
  • Township of Mayfield
  • New Haven Village
  • City of Rochester
  • Township of Shelby
  • Washington Township
  • City of Romeo

Boil water advisories have also been issued for a business in Greenwood and a business in Imlay Township, the GLWA said.

The City of Flint and the Township of Flint were included in the original boil water advisory, but were removed along with nine other communities, including:

  • Auburn Hills,
  • Clinton Township,
  • City of Lapeer,
  • Township of Orion
  • City of Pontiac
  • City of Rochester Hills
  • City of Sterling Heights
  • City of Troy
  • City of Utica.

More than 935,000 people were under a boil water advisory at one point Saturday when all 23 communities were affected, according to ABC News.

The leak was discovered on a 120-inch water main about a mile west of the Lake Huron water treatment facility that distributes drinking water to residents in the areas it serves. , said GLWA.

Once crews have isolated the leak, they will open emergency connections from other lines to restore uncontaminated water to communities under notice.

GLWA has noted that there is a risk of bacterial contamination whenever there is a loss of pressure in the water system and recommends boiling the water to ensure bacteria or any other organisms are removed. killed before use.

Until further notice, affected residents are advised to boil water for one minute before “drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food”.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the initial water transmission leak.

It is unclear how long the notice will remain.

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