FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The boil water advisory that affected 12 communities in Oakland County is expected to continue into the weekend as water testing gets underway.
Officials with the Great Lakes Water Authority said a leak was discovered Wednesday night while crews installed new sections of the pipe along 14 Mile Road and tested water pressure.
The leak was repaired, but the overall timeline for lifting the boil water advisory has shifted, the GLWA said. Officials previously said they expected the advisory to be lifted Friday, but the new timeframe depends on water pressure and quality testing that begins Thursday and continues into the weekend.
Crews repaired the water main along 14 Mile Road between Drake and Farmington roads after it broke during a brief power outage at the GLWA west service center.
The boil water advisory blocked water to more than 50,000 homes. Officials said the number was down to 35,604 Wednesday during repairs.
The boil water advisories were lifted in Rochester Hills and Oakland Township, but tehre are still 274,709 residents impacted, officials said.
The advisory was issued for:
- Bloomfield Township
- Commerce Township
- Farmington Hills (North of I-696)
- Keego Harbor
- Novi Township
- Oakland Township (specifically the subdivisions: The Hills of Oakland and Kings Pointe) -- LIFTED THURSDAY AT 4 p.m.
- Orchard Lake Village
- Rochester Hills (north of Hamlin and west of Livernois) -- LIFTED THURSDAY AT 4 p.m.
- Walled Lake
- West Bloomfield Township
"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.