Shelby Township water main break leads to boil water advisory

Police: Some residents could be without water for up to 2 days

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A water main break Tuesday in Shelby Township has resulted in boil water advisories for three communities.

The 36-inch main line broke in the area of 24 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

In some areas, water was shooting up to six feet in the air.

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The water has forced the closure of 24 Mile Road, as well as some side streets. Water pressure for most residents in the area could be low.

Boil water advisories

Shelby Township, Rochester and Lenox Township have issued a boil water advisory for residents.

When a water distribution system loses pressure, contaminants can siphon back into the water system.

Public health officials consider any system that has lost pressure potentially contaminated until test of the water prove otherwise. Residents should boil water for five minutes before it is consumed or use bottled water for drinking or food preparation.

The advisories are in effect until further notice.

Rochester residents who have special needs and/or need assistance obtaining bottled water, please contact the Fire Department at 248-651-4470.

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