Residents urged to boil water after Livonia water system loses pressure

Boil water advisory issued for Livonia


LIVONIA, Mich. – Residents are being urged to boil their water before using it after the Livonia water system lost pressure.

Officials said a drop in pressure in the Livonia water supply may have caused bacterial contamination.

Bacteria are generally not harmful and are common throughout the environment, officials said. Measures are being undertaken to correct the situation.

Officials said to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and let it cool before using, or to use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

The loss in water pressure was due to a DTE power failure Saturday. Precautionary measures are recommended whenever a water system loses pressure for any significant length of time.

The Great Lakes Water Authority is working to get pressure restored. Officials said water staff will be taking other remedial actions, such as flushing and collecting bacteriological samples from around the system.

The samples will be collected to determine that the water quality meets the state drinking water standards. Officials said they anticipate resolving the problem within by Tuesday.

Residents will be advised when the boil water advisory has been lifted, city officials said.