Boil water advisory lifted, 57 homes without water

by Kayla Dimick, originally posted on October 27, 2016


A boil water advisory the city issued yesterday has been lifted, according to Southfield officials.

According to a post on the city’s website, crews had been looking for the source of a water main break since the morning of Oct. 27.

Around noon crews identified the source of a water main break behind McDonnell Tower, 27400 Civic Center Drive, near Telegraph.

At 6:25 p.m. Oct. 27, the city posted a notice on its website alerting residences that the boil water advisory was lifted, although those west of Telegraph Road and north of Civic Center Drive and Franklin Roads would be without water.

“This issue may take up to three days to repair and complete required testing to ensure water quality,” the city said in the post.

About 57 single-family homes and three commercial properties are impacted by the issue. The homes will be without water until the broken water main is repaired and tested for contaminants.

Public works crews will be delivering a case of bottled water to each property without water service.

At around 3 p.m. Oct. 27, Southfield Public Works Operations Manager Larry Sirls said crews were still on site troubleshooting the problem.

“They’re still out there working,” Sirls said. “We trying to find out where it’s coming from. We’ve got the area isolated between Civic Center and Telegraph. Right now, they’ve moved into turning some valves and there’s a couple more to go, so that’s where we’re at.”

Sirls said he could not give an accurate estimate as to how long the job will take, but he asked residents to keep checking the city’s website and social media pages.

“Until we find (the cause), I won’t know how long, but we have our full department working on it,” Sirls said Oct. 27.

Sirls said residents should keep checking the city’s website and social media pages for updates.

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