Seven Metro Detroit Communities Under Boil Water Advisory; Governor Declares State of Emergency

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DETROIT, August 15, 2022 ~ A catastrophic water main break at the Great Lakes Water Authority’s Lake Huron Water Treatment Facility sent officials scrambling over the weekend as almost a million people lost some or all of their water pressure.

Throughout the day yesterday, we were totally able to increase pressures to the southern communities who still have boil water advisories,” said Great Lakes Water Authority Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Coffey to 760 WJR’s Paul W. Smith.

Their pressures … although they’re not normal … they’re closer to normal as say they were when people went to bed last night.” “Those communities … from a sanitary perspective … should be in a much better place this morning.


August 15, 2022 ~ Great Lakes Water Authority CEO Suzanne Coffey shares the latest with Paul W. about the major water main break that is affecting thousands in Metro Detroit.

(CONTINUED)  In response to the break, Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency Saturday for the counties of Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair. “We are drawing on every resource we have and taking every action necessary to get impacted families the help they need,” said Whitmer.

As of this writing, more than 130,000 residents remain under a boil water advisory. Affected communities include Almont, Bruce Township, Burtchville Township, Imlay City, Rochester, Shelby Township, and Washington Township.

Repairs are expected to be finalized within two weeks.