Water returning to homes in Oakland County as workers repair water main break

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Water is being restored in Oakland County as workers repair a water main break that affected 12 communities. 

The pipe has been replaced and water testing is underway.

There were more than 50,000 homes without water Tuesday. That number was down to 35,604 Wednesday as crews repair a balky valve underground after a pipe that was needed arrived to the site

Once installation of the pipe is completed, pressure testing will occur and the main will be disinfected and flushed. After the main is flushed, water quality testing will occur.

If all water quality test results come back clear, then the boil water advisory will be lifted.

Residents currently still need to boil water before it can be used.

The Great Lakes Water Authority said it expects the advisory to be lifted by the end of the day Friday. 

The advisor was issued for:

  • Bloomfield Township
  • Commerce Township
  • Farmington Hills (North of I-696)
  • Keego Harbor
  • Novi
  • Novi Township
  • Oakland Township (specifically the subdivisions: The Hills of Oakland and Kings Pointe)
  • Orchard Lake Village
  • Rochester Hills (north of Hamlin and west of Livernois)
  • Walled Lake
  • West Bloomfield Township
  • Wixom

READ: Oakland County boil water advisory: What you need to know

"We're lucky we still have enough water to do basic things like use the restrooms and being able to pull water to boil and wash dishes, and luckily, this is something that can be easily, well, relatively easily fixed," said Steve Smith, who was affected by the water main break.

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