Governor Whitmer Activates GLWA Water Main Break Emergency Response

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 Great Lakes Water Authority first issued a boil water advisory for 23 communities after a water main burst.

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

•Rochester

• Romeo

• 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.

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