Officials said a broken water main near the intersection of Lahser Road and Eight Mile could be due to fluctuating temperatures.

Officials said a broken water main near the intersection of Lahser Road and Eight Mile could be due to fluctuating temperatures.

Photo by Kayla Dimick


Southfield reports multiple water main breaks at Lahser, Eight Mile

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published January 21, 2020

 A large pipe sits outside the area where crews were working to repair a broken water main Jan. 17 near the intersection of Lahser Road and Eight Mile.

A large pipe sits outside the area where crews were working to repair a broken water main Jan. 17 near the intersection of Lahser Road and Eight Mile.

Photo by Kayla Dimick

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SOUTHFIELD — According to city officials, water is still safe for consumption despite several recent water main breaks.

In a citywide alert, officials announced Jan. 16 that three water main breaks had occurred in the area of Eight Mile and Lahser roads.

Larry Sirls, the manager of public works operations, said two of the breaks occurred on Eight Mile, and one occurred on Lahser.

According to the alert, residents in the area may experience discolored water until the pipes are repaired, but the water is still safe for consumption.

“While water does not need to be boiled, since it is not contaminated, residents may still opt to do so as a precaution,” city officials said in the alert.

While the repairs are made, Lahser Road — just north of Eight Mile Road — is closed to northbound traffic and will remain closed until around Jan. 22. Southbound Lahser Road, however, remains open.

According to a tweet from the Road Commission for Oakland County, northern Lahser will remain closed indefinitely. As of Jan. 21, the concrete had not yet been poured at the site, and it is unknown when it will be completed.

Sirls said crews don’t know the exact cause of the break, but it could be an internal issue with pressure valves or the weather.

“The weather often has something to do with this. When there are large drops in temperature or up-and-down temperatures, that seems to chew up the water mains.”

The infrastructure in the area is old, Sirls said. Just exactly how old was unknown at press time, but he assumed the mains had been built around the 1950s.

“A lot of our neighborhoods have gotten new water mains, but we’re holding off on Eight Mile because Wayne County did a road project there a few years ago, and it’s hard to justify tearing up a new road,” Sirls said.

At press time, two of the mains had been fixed, and Sirls said repairs for the third were put on hold until 4 p.m. Jan. 17.

The reason for the delay is because the main services a dialysis center, and crews wanted to wait until the facility closed to make repairs.

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