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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

NOVEMBER 2 UPDATE: GLWA statement on water main break near 14 Mile and Drake Road

“Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) Field Service Crews and their contractors have been working around the clock to repair the water main break near 14 Mile and Drake Road since the evening of Sunday, October 31, 2021. As of this morning, they have successfully isolated the remaining valves and are currently excavating the area around the damaged pipe to begin the repairs, which, as previously stated, should be completed this week. Once the repair is complete, GLWA crews will remain on-site through early next week to pressure test, disinfect and flush the main and then conduct water quality testing as part of its standard procedure. Throughout this routine repair process, impacted communities will continue to have water flow, however, it may be at a lower level than normal.

While GLWA has not issued a boil water advisory for the regional system, the Authority has coordinated with the three municipalities who issued precautionary boil water advisories (NoviCommerce Township and Walled Lake) to conduct water quality testing. This testing is done to confirm that the water is safe to consume and cook with and meets all Safe Drinking Water Act regulations. Two rounds of testing are required in this situation. The first round of test results came back clear for all three municipalities today, and the Authority is awaiting results from the second round of tests, which were taken this afternoon and are expected to back within 24 hours​. If the second round of tests also come back clear, the three municipalities will be able to lift their boil water advisories. 

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