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Additional work needed to complete water main break repair; no impact on water quality

“GLWA Field Service Crews and contractors continue to work around the clock to accomplish the repair of the 48-inch water transmission main that broke in the area of 14 Mile and Drake on Sunday, October 31. While crews had been successful in isolating the valves on the broken pipe to begin repair work yesterday, the isolation did not hold and water once again began filling the excavated area. GLWA has developed a solution to this issue that is planned to be implemented by Sunday, November 7, allowing crews to then complete the overall repair of the 20-foot section of water main by late next week. This timeframe includes pressure testing, disinfecting and flushing the main, as well as conducting water quality testing required after all repairs of this nature.

Throughout this process, impacted communities will continue to have water flow. However, it will continue to be at the lower level they have been experiencing since the main broke.

It should also be noted that the results for both rounds of water quality testing came back clear and the boil water advisories have been lifted in Commerce Township, Novi and Walled Lake.

GLWA will conduct a full analysis to determine the cause and any further assessments needed once all work is complete.”

  • Cheryl Porter, Chief Operating Officer-Water & Field Services, GLWA
Abe Munfakh, P.E.

Abe Munfakh, P.E.

Board Chairman; Representative for Wayne County

Mr. Munfakh has more than 30 years of experience in civil engineering, with experience in water supply and distribution projects; wastewater system projects, including sewer construction, pumping and treatment; and road, street, and bridge design and reconstruction. He has also overseen implementation of multiple infrastructure projects across Southeast Michigan, including water treatment plant expansions, water and sewer system expansions, sewer replacement design and more. Mr. Munfakh is a registered professional engineer in the states of Michigan, Louisiana and Indiana, and currently serves as the Founder and CEO of Munfakh & Associates, LLC in Plymouth, MI.

Mr. Munfakh serves as Chairman for the Arab American and Chaldean Council, in addition to serving as a trustee of the foundation board of Henry Ford College. He formerly served on the Plymouth Township Planning Commission and the Plymouth Township Board of Trustees, as well as the Michigan Board of Professional Engineers. In addition, Mr. Munfakh previously served as President, Chairman of the Board and Principal-in-Charge at Ayers, Lewis Norris & May Inc., in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mr. Munfakh is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and has completed graduate work in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan.