Farmington Hills provides update about water main break

By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published November 2, 2021

 Drivers navigate around the area of a water main break on 14 Mile Road in Farmington Hills Nov. 2.

Drivers navigate around the area of a water main break on 14 Mile Road in Farmington Hills Nov. 2.

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes


FARMINGTON HILLS — On the evening of Oct. 31, the Great Lakes Water Authority reported a water main break at 14 Mile Road and Drake Road in Farmington Hills.

The latest update provided to C&G Newspapers came via a Nov. 3 press release from the GLWA.

The release states that service crews and contractors "continue to work around the clock to accomplish the repair of the 48-inch main that broke."

"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," the release stated. "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."

The release went on to state that throughout the 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," according to the release. "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."

The City of Farmington Hills issued a press release stating that there is no boil water advisory for the city.

"Currently, there is a precautionary boil water notice for one small, isolated area that is unrelated to the Great Lakes Water Authority water main break that occured on October 31, 2021," the release states. "These residents were informed via hand-delivered notices from the Water Resources Commissioner's Office. If any additional repairs are undertaken in localized areas, the Water Resources Commissioner's Office will notify specific residents who are impacted. If you have not been specifically notified that you should follow a precautionary boil water notice, there is no need to boil your water."

Those with questions can call the Water Resources Commissioner's Boil Water Hotline at (248) 858-1555.

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