Water main break causes boil-water advisory

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published March 1, 2018

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — A boil-water advisory was put into effect by township officials the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 27. 

The advisory affected residents in the area east of Hiller Road and north of Greer Road, which includes the Wellington Woods, Wellington Meadows and Woodlands of West Bloomfield subdivisions. 

Garry Simpson, West Bloomfield water/sewer operations and maintenance superintendent, said about 400 residents were affected by the advisory.

“One of the residents noticed water bubbling up from the ground and called it in,” he said. “It was a leak in our system.” 

A 16-inch water main that services the area had broken due to a hole in the pipe. Simpson said it may be due to weather changes or to something rubbing against the pipe underground. 

“It is unusual. It’s not a common thing,” he said. “The pipe is about 30 years old, when they typically have a life span of 60 to 70 years.”

Repairs began at about 4 p.m. the day the break was discovered and were completed by 7 p.m. the same day. All water pressure was restored to residents at around 8 p.m., said Simpson. 

However, when there is a boil-water advisory, it takes about three days to lift the advisory. The West Bloomfield Township Water and Sewer Department is required to send two water tests to the county to make sure the water is clean. 

The first test was sent out the morning after the break. The results from that test must be negative for the second test to occur. The results from the second test, which were expected to be completed last Friday, also must be negative for the advisory to be lifted.

A representative for the Oakland County Water Resources Commission could not be reached for comment by press time.

For more information on the break, visit www.wbtownship.org.