Boil Water Advisory – City of Southfield

SOUTHFIELD, MI – Effective immediately, the City of Southfield has issued a boil water advisory for residents and businesses in the areas of Telegraph Road and Civic Center Drive. breaking-news

Crews are now working to resolve the issue, but the advisory is in effect until further notice. Residents and businesses may also experience low water pressure, no water or discoloration.

Under this local boil water advisory, all food service establishments in the area of impact, or those experiencing loss of water pressure or discoloration, should immediately implement the Emergency Action Plan for Retail Food Establishments available at

Boil Water Instructions:

  • Bring water to a rolling boil for one minute. Let cool for 15 minutes before drinking. Store the cooled water in a clean container with a cover.

Consumers should use boiled water that has cooled or bottled water for:

  • Drinking
  • Brushing teeth
  • Washing fruits and vegetables
  • Preparing food and baby formula
  • Making ice
  • Giving to pets

Unable to Boil Water- Disinfect With Bleach:

  • Use unscented bleach to disinfect water supplies.  Mix 8 drops (1/8 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of water.  Mix well and let stand for 30 minutes before use.

Other Steps:

  • Do not drink tap water.
  • Do not use tap water to make drinks, formula, juices, or fountain soft drinks.
  • Cook with tap water ONLY if food is boiled for at least one minute.
  • Wash your hands and bathe/shower as usual. Bathing is safe as long as no water is swallowed.
  • Wash laundry as usual. Laundry washed in hot or cold water is safe.

What To Do After The Advisory Ends?

  • Turn on your tap slowly and run the water to flush water pipes for five minutes.
  • You may need to clean appliances such as water softeners, filter units, water dispensers and ice makers.  Read the owner’s manual for directions to clean appliances.

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