MDEQ orders Boil Water Advisory to remain in effect until Noon Friday for Detroit

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DETROIT, MI – To keep its customers informed, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is providing an update for customers affected by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) recent boil water advisory.

MDEQ ordered the advisory to the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) as a result of low-water pressure at the Water Works Park distribution facility, which is operated by GLWA.

A statement issued by GLWA officials today indicate that preliminary testing has shown there is no evidence of any bacterial contamination in Detroit’s water supply.

“The first round of test results taken by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) related to the February 28, 2017 boil water advisory have come back clear,” said GLWA in a statement. “While these results are a sign that there is nothing wrong with the water, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is requiring the boil water advisory remain in effect throughout the originally stated 48-hour time period. A second round of test results will be returned tomorrow and upon a second clear result, GLWA will recommend that the boil water advisory be lifted. GLWA will provide additional updates as soon as they are available.”

The standard for issuing the advisory occurs when water pressure at a plant decreases to below 20 pounds per square inch (PSI). Detroit’s pressure never fell below 20 PSI, however, MDEQ issued the advisory as a precaution for the entire area served by the Water Works Park facility.

The areas affected by the boil water advisory are as follows: McNichols south to the Detroit River and Linwood east to Conner.

Timeline – Boil Water Advisory
Through some of its customers, DWSD first became aware of low-water pressure early Tuesday evening, February 28, 2017 and informed GLWA of the concern. At approximately 10:00 pm, GLWA contacted DWSD notifying it that a boil water advisory had been ordered by MDEQ for the affected area. Upon this notification, DWSD immediately issued a public notice to Detroiters.

Shortly thereafter, GLWA also sent a statement regarding the advisory to the media.

How residents should proceed
While the advisory is in effect, MDEQ recommends that those in the affected areas DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Recommendations are to bring all water to a boil for one minute and let it cool before using, or to use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

While there is no indication of contamination in Detroit’s water supply, DWSD is recommending those in the affected area continue to operate under the MDEQ boil water advisory as a precaution. Customers will be advised when the advisory has been lifted.

The boil water advisory map is posted on the City of Detroit website.

If residents or businesses have no water service in the area defined in this advisory, please call the DWSD emergency line at 313-267-7401.

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