Equipment failure causes widespread boil water advisory in Detroit
Equipment failure causes widespread boil water advisory in Detroit.
An equipment malfunction at a Great Lakes Water Authority treatment facility has caused a widespread boil water advisory in Detroit.
The advisory covers the area south of McNichols Road to the Detroit Riverfront and Linwood east to Conner Street, which includes the cities of Highland Park and Hamtramck.
For a map of the affected areas, refer to the image at the top of the page.
The malfunction at the treatment plant is said to have resulted in low water pressure, which enhances the risk of bacteria.
In a news release, Detroit officials urged those in the affected areas to not drink or use water without boiling it first.
"Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water," the release reads.
"This boil water notice shall remain in effect for the defined area until results from the sampling verify the water is safe to drink."
Detroit public schools issued a statement on the advisory, in which it says water in its schools will not be consumed in the next 48-hours for drinking or cooking unless boiled first.
"Operations-Facilities will shut off water at the drinking fountains at these buildings."