Boil water advisory issued, schools closed in Novi after water main break

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published November 1, 2021

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


The city of Novi has issued a boil water advisory after a water main break Sunday night.

According to a press release, the Great Lakes Water Authority is working on repairing a water main that broke in the area of 14 Mile and Drake roads in Farmington Hills. Affected communities include Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake, West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, Commerce Township, Novi, Walled Lake and Wixom.

The GLWA said in a press release that repairs were expected to take three to five days. 

Working with the GLWA, the city of Novi has issued a boil water advisory as a precautionary action due to the loss of water pressure in the water distribution system. 

Once the water main is placed back in service, bacteriological samples will be collected to determine if the water meets the state drinking water standards. The GLWA is expected to begin testing the water as early as Monday afternoon. To lift the advisory, the city will need two negative tests 24 hours apart, the city of Novi said in a Facebook post.

Whenever a water system loses pressure for any significant length of time, bacteria contamination may occur, the press release states.

Residents are encouraged to bring all water to a boil for one minute and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. The potentially contaminated water can be used for personal hygiene including showering, but it should not be allowed into a person’s eyes, nose or mouth.

In a tweet Monday morning, Steve Matthews, Novi Community School District superintendent, said school will be canceled Monday as a result of the water main break. Detroit Catholic Central also will be closed, according to a post on its website.

According to a post by the Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, all indoor programs will continue as scheduled, though participants are asked to bring their own water.

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