Boil Water Alert Lifted for Shelby Township

The Department of Public Works has lifted the boil water alert for Shelby Township.

The three-day boil water alert has come to an end for residents in Shelby Township and the north eastern end of Utica.

The Department of Public Works lifted the boil water alert Friday afternoon.

The boil order was originally issued after a 36-inch water main on 24 Mile Road between Schoenherr and Jewell roads broke just before noon Tuesday.

Public health officials have tested the water and declared it safe for all domestic use, according to the Shelby Township website.

However, as an extra precaution, officials recommend that water lines be flushed for two to three minutes, and ice from ice-makers discarded.

Limit use of non-essential water

The Department of Public Works still requests that all non-essential use of water (lawn irrigation, car washing, etc.) be limited until service from the broken water main has been restored. This project could be completed as early as June 5.

When Will 24 Mile Reopen?

The Detroit Water and Sewage Department is responsible for all repairs to the broken water main and Detroit will be in charge of repairing the road.

Crews have been working around the clock to drain the pipes of any excess water, and find the source of the break.

From there, the pipes will be repaired and the road, which has been damaged by the gushing water and sediment, will be repaired.

"Since the water main is pretty close to the road, that will prohibit some road work for now," said Schoenherr.

There is no set date on when 24 Mile Road between Schoenherr and Jewel will reopen.


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