Update 15: 120-inch Water Transmission Main Break

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        12:30 p.m.

August 30, 2022

  • Work continued at the site with a 16-foot segment of 120-inch replacement pipe connected to the existing pipe on Monday
  • An additional 16-foot segment of pipe will be delivered today, and work will continue throughout the night, if necessary, to place it and complete the connection with the existing pipe
  • An updated timeline for returning the 120-inch transmission main to service will be provided once all the pipe is connected and the main is fully closed 

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 Monday, August 29, crews placed and connected one 16-foot segment of replacement pipe at the site of the broken 120-inch transmission main just west of GLWA’s Lake Huron Water Treatment Facility. Upon delivery of an additional 16-foot segment pipe today, crews will immediately begin working to put it in place and connect it with the other existing pipe. Depending on the pipe’s time of arrival, crews are prepared to work throughout the night to complete all connections necessary to fully close the transmission main.

Once the final connections are made, GLWA will be able to share an updated timeline for returning the 120-inch transmission main back to service.

GLWA will share more information as it becomes available and plans to share photos 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.