BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - Bloomfield Hills Schools will be closed Tuesday due to a boil water advisory, officials announced.
The boil water advisory was prompted by a water main break at 14 Mile and Verona roads.
Both Bloomfield Township and West Bloomfield Township are under a boil water advisory until further notice, the school said.
A mandatory boil water advisory has been issued for nine communities in Oakland County.
More details on boil water advisory
The Great Lakes Water Authority issued the advisory for Commerce Township, Farmington Hills, Novi (the area bounded by 14 Mile on the north, 8 mile on the south, Napier on the west and Haggerty on the east), Oakland Township (specifically the subdivisions: The Hills of Oakland and Kings Pointe), Rochester Hills (north of Hamlin and west of Livernois), Walled Lake, West Bloomfield Township and Wixom.
Bloomfield Township has also declared a boil water advisory, as 75 percent of the township has been affected by the collapsed water line. Bloomfield Township residents have reported low water pressure or a complete loss of water.
Boil water before drinking
Residents must bring all water to a boil for at least one minute and then let it cool before using, officials said.
Boiled, bottled or disinfected water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice.
The GLWA is taking the precautionary measure because of a transmission main break that occurred around 5:45 p.m. Monday on 14 Mile Road between Farmington and Drake roads, causing a loss of water pressure in the water distribution system (pressure below 20 psi).
Whenever a water system loses pressure for a significant time, precautionary measures are recommended since a loss of pressure can lead to bacterial contamination in the water system, officials said.
Bacteria are generally not harmful and are common throughout our environment. Boiling water before using it will kill bacteria and other organisms that may be in the water.
The GLWA is currently investigating the cause of the break.
The boil water advisory will remain in effect until results from sampling verify the water is safe to drink.
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