Update 13: 120-inch Water Transmission Main Break

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        10:30 a.m.

August 26, 2022

  • 16-foot segment of the additional 48-feet of 120-inch replacement pipe delivered on August 25 sent back to manufacturer because it did not meet specifications
  • Expecting the updated piece of pipe to be returned by Sunday with the remainder of the additional order of pipe
  • Crews ready to begin repairs when pipe is delivered
  • Repair timeline being reviewed and will be updated once all the new pipe arrives 

DETROIT – The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is providing an update on the August 13 break to the 120-inch water transmission main that distributes finished drinking water from its Lake Huron Water Treatment Facility to communities in the northern part of GLWA’s drinking water service area.

On Thursday, August 25, GLWA received delivery on the first 16-foot segment of the second order of additional 120-inch replacement pipe at the site of the main break. After inspection of the pipe, GLWA determined that it did not meet the specifications submitted to the manufacturer. As a result, it was sent back to the manufacturer for updating and is expected to be returned with the delivery of the remaining 32-feet of the second order of replacement pipe on Sunday.

Crews are ready to begin repairs upon delivery of all 120-inch pipe to the repair site.

GLWA will share more information as it becomes available and plans to share photos and video with the media upon delivery of the remainder of the additional pipe.


About the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA)

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is the provider-of-choice for drinking water services to nearly 40 percent, and efficient and effective wastewater services to nearly 30 percent, of Michigan’s population. With the Great Lakes as source water, GLWA is uniquely positioned to provide those it serves with water of unquestionable quality. GLWA also has the capacity to extend its services beyond its 88 member partner communities. As part of its commitment to water affordability, the Authority offers a Water Residential Assistance Program to assist low-income households in participating member communities throughout the system. GLWA’s board includes one representative each from Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, two representatives from the city of Detroit, and one appointed by the Michigan governor to represent member partner communities outside of the tri-county area.