FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10:00 a.m.
September 30, 2022
120-INCH WATER TRANSMISSION MAIN BREAK
- Flushing and disinfection process of the 120-inch water transmission main is completed
- Three rounds of water quality testing completed; results confirm that the water meets or surpasses regulatory standards
- GLWA has now begun the process of returning the regional system to normal operations; this is expected to occur by October 5
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.
As repairs were being made, GLWA communicated that there were three phases to the repair process: 1) water main inspection and repair, 2) water main disinfection, flushing, and water quality testing; and 3) restoration of the water transmission main to normal operations.
With phases one and two completed, and water quality testing results confirming that the water meets or surpasses regulatory standards, GLWA has now begun the process of returning the 120-inch water transmission main to service, as well as the rest of the regional system to normal operations. While GLWA does not expect there to be any major impacts to the regional system during the restoration, some of the 23 originally impacted communities may see limited fluctuations in their water pressure throughout the next day or so.
GLWA expects this return to normal operations to occur by October 5.
More information will be shared as it becomes available.
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.
GLWA Water Supply Advisory Council
The recently revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) requires utility-level water advisory councils. Water suppliers and water systems with more than 50,000 customers must create a Community Water Advisory Council. The council will advise the utility on communications related to lead in drinking water as well as other drinking water quality issues. Specifically, the advisory council must:
- Develop plans for continuing public awareness about lead in drinking water, even when a lead action level is not exceeded;
- Review public awareness campaign materials provided by the statewide Drinking Water Advisory Council to ensure the needs and interests of the community;
- Advise and consult with the water supply on the development of appropriate plans for remediation and public education to be implemented if a lead action level is exceeded;
- Advise and consult with the water supply on efforts to replace private lead service lines at locations where the owner declined service line replacement;
- Assist in promoting transparency of all data and documents related to lead in drinking water within the water supply service area; and
- Collaborate with local community groups to ensure that residents can be involved in efforts to educate the community about lead in drinking water.
GLWA Water Supply Advisory Council Members
- Edwin Haapala (West Bloomfield Township) – Chair
- Cheryl Porter (Great Lakes Water Authority) – Vice Chair
- Bob Belair (Northville Township) – Community Representative
- Jerome Bivins (City of Inkster) – Community Representative
- Maggie Hughes – Local Resident
- Tim Sikma (City of Wixom) – Community Representative
- Mark Gaworecki (City of Dearborn) – Community Representative
Note: Council meetings are open to the public and must follow the Open Meetings Act.
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