Reason for Keego Harbor water pressure dip still unknown

By: Sherri Kolade | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published October 5, 2018


KEEGO HARBOR — The city of Keego Harbor was under a precautionary boil water notice Sept. 28-30, according to a press release from the Oakland County Health Division.

According to the release, a temporary drop in water pressure was identified as the cause for the boil water notice. 

“Whenever a water system loses pressure for any significant length of time, precautionary measures are recommended, because a loss of pressure can lead to bacterial contamination in the water system,” the release states. 

According to the release, the bacteria typically is not harmful and is common throughout the environment. Even though no contamination was detected, as a precaution, all water customers in the affected area were advised to boil water used for drinking and cooking. 

Keego Harbor City Manager Mark Gilbert said in an email that he is looking into the boil water notice and why there was a loss of water pressure.

“I contacted the (Oakland County) Water Resources Commission to see what the engineer’s findings were, and they are currently working on that report,” he said. 

The release states that boiling the water will kill bacteria and “other organisms” that could be in the water. 

“Water should be boiled for at least one minute and allowed to cool before consumption,” the release states. 

Boiled, bottled or disinfected water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until an advisory is lifted. 

The water system in the city was flushed, and samples were collected. A laboratory confirmed that the water was safe to drink, the release states. 

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