Governor Gretchen Whitmer activated the state emergency operations center Saturday afternoon in response to a water main break at the Great Lakes Water Authority’s Lake Huron water treatment facility. which impacts more than a dozen communities under boil water advisories.
The state said the activation will ensure that all resources are available to support these communities.
“Our top priority right now is to protect the public health and safety of Michigan residents until this water main is repaired as quickly as possible,” Whitmer said.
“I have activated the State Emergency Operations Center to ensure that all possible resources are available to GLWA and affected communities to achieve this goal.”
The leak was discovered in the 120-inch mainline early Saturday about a mile west of the authority’s Lake Huron water treatment facility, the authority said.
GLWA initially issued a boil water advisory for 23 communities on Saturday morning. He lifted boil water advisories for 10 communities on Saturday afternoon.
The authority said earlier it was investigating the cause of the break and crews were working to isolate the area around it so repairs could begin. Once the leak is isolated, emergency connections to other pipelines in the system will be opened to restore some flow to affected communities, the authority said.
The boil water advisory remains in effect for:
•Village of Almont
•Township of Bruce
• Township of Burtchville
•Township of Chesterfield
• City of Imlay
• Township of Lenox
• Township of Macomb
•Township of Mayfield
•Village of New Haven
• Township of Shelby
• Township of Washington
As of 3 p.m. Saturday, the authority said the advisory no longer applied to the townships of Clinton, Flint, Flint Township, Rochester Hills, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Orion Township, Utica, Troy and Sterling Heights.
The authority said that based on a closer look at its water pressure data, it does not appear that water pressure in these communities has fallen below the 20-pound threshold. per square inch to declare a boil water advisory.
The town of Lapeer was removed from the advisory on Saturday morning. The city of Romeo was added on Saturday afternoon, bringing the total to 13.
Loss of water pressure can lead to bacterial contamination in the water system; boiling the water before using it will kill bacteria and other organisms that may be in the water, the authority said.
The authority advises residents to bring all water to a boil for at least one minute and then let it cool before using it. Boiled, bottled or disinfected water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice.
The boil water advisory will remain in effect until the results of water sample tests indicate that the water is safe to drink in the affected communities.
For more information, contact Great Lakes Water Authority Water Quality at firstname.lastname@example.org 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’s Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-4791.