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Boil water advisory lifted in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park

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DETROIT – The boil water advisory has been lifted in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park, the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) announced Friday morning. 

The advisory was issued after a temporary drop in water pressure on Tuesday night might have caused a potential bacterial contamination in the water system. More than 50 schools throughout Wayne County were closed Thursday and again Friday because of the boil water alert.

After a second round of testing, GLWA officials said the water is clear and safe for drinking. 

"The second round of test results taken by the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) related to the February 28, 2017, boil water advisory have come back clear. Given that both sets of test results have proven that there was nothing wrong with the water, GLWA has made the recommendation to the impacted communities that the boil water advisory can be lifted."

The city of Detroit confirmed the boil water advisory has been lifted in the city and said the low water pressure resulted from a problem at the Water Works Park distribution facility operated by the GLWA.

Residents, however, are advised to run their taps until the water is cold or at least for an additional two minutes for fresh water. 

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department released this statement: 

While the boil water advisory has been lifted, DWSD recommends that if water has not been used for six hours or more, water should run from the tap until it is cold and continue to run for an additional two minutes for fresh water.

While the malfunctioning equipment which caused MDEQ to issue a boil water advisory occurred at a GLWA-operated facility, DWSD appreciates the patience of Detroit customers during the water advisory.

If homes or businesses have no water service in the areas defined in this advisory, please call the DWSD emergency line at 313-267-7401.

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