Urgent Alert: Boil Water Advisory in Macomb County, Michigan

Attention Michigan locals! A critical situation has arisen that demands immediate action. Over 150,000 residents in four Macomb County communities and one Oakland County city have been issued a “boil water advisory.” The reason? A massive 36-inch water mains pipe leak in Macomb County has caused a significant drop in water pressure, leading to flooding of nearby areas.

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) has urged everyone in the affected areas to boil their tap water for at least one minute before using it. This precautionary measure applies to drinking, making ice, dishwashing, food preparation, and even teeth brushing. Boiling the water sterilizes any bacteria and organisms that may have entered the water system due to the pressure loss.

The presence of harmful pathogens like E. coli, fecal streptococci, and enterococci in groundwater can pose severe health risks. Symptoms may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. We cannot take this matter lightly; your well-being is at stake.

To ensure the safety of the water supply, the advisory will remain in place until Thursday at the earliest. This is because GLWA must conduct two rounds of water quality testing, with each test spaced 24 hours apart. Only after confirming the water’s purity will the advisory be lifted.

The exact cause of the leak is not yet determined, but it involves a prestressed concrete cylinder pipe (PCCP) dating back to 1973. While the leak has been repaired and water pressure restored, we must wait for the completion of testing before returning to normal water usage.

We understand the inconvenience this may cause, but your health comes first. The leak has also led to local flooding, affecting the golf course and closing several roads. In the meantime, let’s support each other and exercise patience during this challenging time.

We advise everyone to stock up on bottled water if possible, as local stores may experience high demand. Your safety is paramount, and we want to ensure that everyone has access to clean, potable water.

Stay informed about updates from GLWA, and together, we’ll navigate through this situation. Remember, boiling water is a simple yet effective step to protect yourself and your loved ones from potential health hazards. If you or a loved one have been affected by water contamination, contact OnderLaw today for your free, no-obligation consultation.

UPDATE: As of August 3rd at 5:57pm the warning has been lifted, exercise caution in resuming water consumption.