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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
Craig Hupy

Craig Hupy

Board Representative for the State of Michigan

Mr. Hupy is the Public Services Area Administrator for the City of Ann Arbor. In this capacity, Mr. Hupy oversees several major city departments, including water and sewer operations, solid waste, project management and systems planning and coordinates long-term asset planning and construction across interdependent operations. He currently is administering the ongoing reconstruction of the Ann Arbor Wastewater Treatment Plant. Prior to being appointed to his position in 2011, Mr. Hupy held various leadership roles with the City, including Manager of both the Field Operations and Systems Planning Units. Through his work with the City, Mr. Hupy has also gained significant experience in utility rate design. Mr. Hupy is a registered professional engineer and holds multiple certifications through the Department of Environmental Quality. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.