GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY
Update: Boil Water Advisory Issued In Novi
The City of Novi issued on boil water advisory for much of the community on Tuesday, Jan. 11, after a loss of pressure occurred due to the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) repair from a previous break along 14 Mile Road in Farmington...detroit.cbslocal.com
Farmington water main on Oakland Street to be shut down temporarily
The water main on Oakland Street between Gill Road and Wilmarth Avenue will be shut down Wednesday, Nov. 3, in order for the contractor to complete the final connection to the city’s water supply system, Farmington officials announced Tuesday.
Great Lakes Water Authority identifies issue at SE Detroit pump station ahead of flood threat
With several inches of rain expected to fall across Metro Detroit over the next few days, the Great Lakes Water Authority is warning residents to remain alert and be prepared for potential flooding -- especially after an issue was discovered at a local pump station.
Ypsilanti residents likely to see bump in water and sewer bills. Here’s why
YPSILANTI, MI - City of Ypsilanti residents will likely see a small bump in their water and sewer bills after city council unanimously advanced a proposal from the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority Tuesday night. Ypsilanti’s increase translates into about $2.47 per bill or $1.24 per month for the average residential customer, according to YCUA estimates. After questions from Ypsilanti council members about the affordability of water rates, Castro said that while the local water authority manages its finances well, it still has to shoulder the cost of upgrades. Ypsilanti Township already approved the rate adjustments, according to the YCUA director. Council member Steve Wilcoxen raised questions about the optics of a cost increase weeks after the city experienced flooding and sewer backups from heavy rains at the end of June.mlive.com
Plans to boost Flint’s supply of Genesee County water for blending postponed
By the middle of next week, the required permit, inspection, and pipe settling for the secondary water pipeline are expected to be completed. Before that happens, the amount of water drawn from the county is planned to increase in increments of 25% until 100% county water is reached, city officials have said. Both GLWA and the county use source water from Lake Huron and treat the water before delivering it to Flint. Since its failed attempt to treat water from the Flint River ended in October 2015, Flint has purchased pre-treated water from GLWA, but it’s operated without a backup water supply. Read more on MLive:After delays, water blending starts in FlintFlint water could be blended as early as next weekFlint’s water isn’t perfect, but testing shows continued reduction in leadmlive.com
Ann Arbor plans to spend over $100M to ensure continued reliable drinking water
ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor officials are considering options as they look to the future of drinking water in the city, and no matter what it’s going to be expensive. “Of course, Ann Arbor wants to continue to provide reliable, high-quality water into the future for our customers. And in order to do that, significant capital improvements are needed at the existing water treatment plant,” said Brian Steglitz, the city’s water plant manager. “Obviously we are, in Ann Arbor, incredibly proud of our water system and you all do an excellent job for the community and have for years,” he said. MORE FROM THE ANN ARBOR NEWS:Court rejects appeal attempt in Ann Arbor dioxane case, but legal fight isn’t overAnn Arbor aims to lead by example while promoting sustainable, plant-based dietsAnn Arborites asked to share ways city can become more bicycle-friendly2 finalists in running for Ann Arbor interim city administrator jobDozens of landlords sue Ann Arbor over new renter rights lawmlive.com
DTE, other agencies investigate apparent underground explosion in southwest Detroit
“It felt like an explosion or earthquake honestly. The doors in the building were shifting. We were trying to fix them and then we noticed that it was actually a foundation issue. Cracks were appearing inside as well as outside."
After delays, water blending starts in Flint
FLINT, MI -- Flint officials say they have repaired and calibrated a pipeline valve, allowing them to begin blending water the city receives from the Great Lakes Water Authority and Genesee County. Flint recently completed construction of a $17-million connector pipeline, allowing it to bring treated water from the county into the city’s water system. By continuously blending 5 percent county water with 95 percent GLWA water, the county water will be kept fresh and immediately available if the city is required to use it alone in case of an emergency involving the delivery of GLWA water. Since its failed attempt to treat water from the Flint River ended in October 2015, Flint has purchased pre-treated water from GLWA, but it’s operated without a backup water supply. Read more:Flint water could be blended as early as next weekFlint’s water isn’t perfect, but testing shows continued reduction in lead7 years after Flint water crisis started, pipe replacement nears end but other issues drag onmlive.com
Flint says its planning to deliver blended water starting Monday
FLINT, MI -- Flint officials plan to start blending water from the Great Lakes Water Authority and Genesee County on Monday, Aug. 23. The project is designed to give Flint a backup supply of water if service from GLWA is disrupted in the future. In order to keep county water fresh and available in case of emergency, the city plans to blend 5 percent of the county water with 95 percent GLWA water, officials have said. When the GLWA pipeline work occurs, the city will rely on the county for its treated water supply, officials have said. Read more:Flint’s plan to blend water pushed back to next week for more monitoringFlint water could be blended as early as next weekState auditor general reports insufficient monitoring of some Flint water crisis programsmlive.com
Flint’s plan to blend water pushed back to next week for more monitoring
The project is designed to give Flint a backup supply of water if service from GLWA is disrupted in the future. The city’s plan to blend roughly 5 percent of Genesee County water with 95 percent GLWA water is designed to keep the backup supply of water fresh and available when needed, officials have said. Unlike that switch, the plan to blend water this time does not involve the use of the Flint River. “This scenario (of blending water) seems potentially necessary from an engineering perspective,” Mays wrote in part. Read more:Flint water could be blended as early as next weekCity Council sets Friday meeting to discuss blending of Flint waterState auditor general reports insufficient monitoring of some Flint water crisis programsmlive.com
Flint water could be blended as early as next week
Since its failed attempt to treat water from the Flint River ended in October 2015, Flint has purchased pre-treated water from GLWA, but it’s operated without a backup water supply in case of emergency. The mixture is expected to include about 95 percent of GLWA water. City, state, and federal officials have been testing blended water, “doing our due diligence to make sure it’s correct” and ready for distribution, Brown told MLive-The Flint Journal. “If everything goes right, we’re hoping (to begin distributing blended water) next week,” he said. Read more:Flint’s water isn’t perfect, but testing shows continued reduction in lead7 years after Flint water crisis started, pipe replacement nears end but other issues drag onState auditor general reports insufficient monitoring of some Flint water crisis programsmlive.com
Water Utility Selects Firms To Review Detroit-Area Flooding
The board for a regional water authority has approved the selection of engineering firms that will look at system operations during heavy rainstorms that left thousands of basements and dozens of streets flooded in the Detroit area.detroit.cbslocal.com
Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller Questions GLWA Accounts of June Floods
Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller and other Detroiters are calling for an independent investigation of GLWA’s response to see if that’s really the case. “I do not believe [the GLWA pumping stations] were operated optimally that night. I think many mistakes were made.” —Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice MillerListen: Candice Miller on the push to investigate the Great Lakes Water Authority. GuestCandice Miller is the Public Works Commissioner for Macomb County. She says during last month’s flooding, the GLWA pumping stations should have been appropriately staffed in anticipation of the major rain event.wdet.org
Stormwater System “Not Designed for Storms of This Magnitude,” Great Lakes Water Authority CEO Says
Sue McCormick of the Great Lakes Water Authority says the blame is not on GLWA, and asserts the organization did everything it could to control the stormwater. “[The stormwater system] was overwhelmed like the systems were overwhelmed everywhere … the system is not designed for storms of this magnitude.” —Sue McCormick, Great Lakes Water AuthorityListen: CEO of Great Lakes Water Authority Sue McCormick on flooding in Southeast Michigan. GuestSue McCormick is CEO of the Great Lakes Water Authority. She says the regional stormwater pumps were fully staffed during last week in anticipation of a rain event. “[The stormwater system] was overwhelmed like the systems were overwhelmed everywhere … the system is not designed for storms of this magnitude.”wdet.org
Great Lakes Water Authority Responds to Metro Detroit Flooding, Says Blame Is Not on Organization
Sue McCormick of the Great Lakes Water Authority says the blame is not on GLWA, and asserts the organization did everything it could to control the stormwater. “[The stormwater system] was overwhelmed like the systems were overwhelmed everywhere … the system is not designed for storms of this magnitude.” —Sue McCormick, Great Lakes Water AuthorityListen: CEO of Great Lakes Water Authority Sue McCormick on flooding in Southeast Michigan. GuestSue McCormick is CEO of the Great Lakes Water Authority. Yes.” McCormick says even with mass flooding on Detroit’s east side, the Connor Creek Pumping Station was working. “[The stormwater system] was overwhelmed like the systems were overwhelmed everywhere … the system is not designed for storms of this magnitude.”wdet.org
All clear: Eastside Detroit neighborhoods can resume using tap water following discoloration concerns
Residents of Detroit’s Cornerstone Village, East English Village and Morningside neighborhoods can resume using drinking water after flushing their plumbing following an investigation into brown, rusty water coming from taps.
Bottled water from Flint? Councilman Eric Mays isn’t kidding about proposal
“I believe with bottled water, there’s a market statewide, nationwide, and possibly internationally ...,” he said Friday, May 28. Flint isn’t currently connected to the KWA’s raw water supply but is building a pipeline that will connect it to KWA water that’s been treated by Genesee County. A resolution to set aside money for the bottled water plant could be among them. The city’s water crisis began after state-appointed emergency managers made a series of decisions leading to the city’s water source being changed from pre-treated water from Lake Huron to the Flint River in 2014. Mays said the switch back to Lake Huron water in 2015 means that Flint is in a position to enter the bottled water business even though city residents still line up for bottled water giveaways rather than drinking from the faucet.mlive.com
Brown water leaves residents seeing red
GROSSE POINTE PARK — Many Grosse Pointe Park residents experienced discolored water in their homes Tuesday, Dec. 29. The Great Lakes Water Authority had been doing routine maintenance on valves in the area of Kercheval and Alter when residents near Kercheval between Wayburn and Nottingham began to see their water turn brown. A Facebook post by the city of Grosse Pointe Park told residents the discolored water was safe to use. “Unfortunately, it was a miscommunication of Great Lakes Water Authority to the Park,” City Manager Nick Sizeland said. Typically, you might see a street or two that could have some discolored water.grossepointenews.com
GLWA responds to break on 30-inch water transmission main causing flooding in Detroit
DETROIT – On Saturday, the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) issued a statement on a 30 inch transmission main break. The 30-inch water transmission main is located on Marquette Street just south of Jefferson Avenue in Detroit. Although water service has not been interrupted the issue caused flooding in the area, according to the GLWA. While this incident has not impacted water service, there has been significant flooding in the impacted area, which runs from Marquette Street on the West to Harding Street on East, Jefferson on the North to Freud Street on the South. GLWA will work with residents in the impacted area to address the damage caused by the water main break,” read the statement released by the GLWA.
Garden City reports water service interruption
GARDEN CITY, Mich. The city of Garden City is reporting a water service interruption on Tuesday. According to the city, water service has been interrupted throughout the city due to work being done by the Great Lakes Water Authority. Restoration efforts are underwayWhen water is restored it could result in brown water to areas of the City, reads a statement from the city. Please check your water before doing laundry or avoid doing laundry at all if you see any discoloration of your water. Running your faucets if you see brown water after the water work is complete will eliminate the problem.
Boil water advisory issued for portion of Westland lifted
WESTLAND, Mich. – The mandatory boil water advisory issued by the Great Lakes Water Authority for a portion of the city of Westland (Cherry Hill to Michigan Avenue and Henry Ruff to Venoy) has been lifted. Testing has confirmed that the water is safe to consume and meets all Safe Drinking Water Act regulations. Original Story: Portion of Westland remains under boil water advisoryGLWA took the precautionary measure of issuing the mandatory boil water advisory on Thursday evening due to the loss of pressure in the water distribution system caused by an error made by the GLWA field service crews during pressure reducing valve replacement maintenance activities in the area. Whenever a water system loses pressure for any significant length of time, the precautionary measure of a boil water advisory is recommended.
Portion of Westland remains under boil water advisory
WESTLAND, Mich. – Because of a loss of pressure in parts of the Westland water supply, a portion of the city is under a boil water advisory. According to Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) officials, the first round of tests taken have come back clear. The second round of test results will be returned on Sunday and upon a second clear result, GLWA will lift the boil water advisory. The boil water advisory will remain in effect until it is canceled by the Great Lakes Water Authority. The boil water advisory is expected to be resolved within 48 hours after water has been restored.
Portion of Westland under boil water advisory
WESTLAND, Mich. – Because of a loss of pressure in parts of the Westland water supply, a portion of the city is under a boil water advisory. The boil water advisory will remain in effect until it is canceled by the Great Lakes Water Authority. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and then let it cool before using it. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food. The boil water advisory is expected to be resolved within 48 hours after water has been restored.
Riverview under citywide boil water order
RIVERVIEW, Mich. – The city of Riverview is under a boil water order until further notice while it experiences a water shutoff. Here’s a statement from the city:“The city is currently experiencing a city-wide water shutoff from GLWA due to a valve replacement project. We are working with GLWA to get the water turned back on.”Riverview police said the city is under a boil water order until further notice. Water service is restored however this caused the city of Riverview to need to issue a boil water advisory. It is expected that this boil water advisory will last 48 hours so that sampling can be done to ensure water quality.
Could sewage help predict virus outbreaks? Detroit project to study potential
DETROIT A revamped research project in Detroit will seek to find out if the sewer system can help predict coming virus outbreaks. This may be another mechanism for public health agencies, including the Detroit Health Department (DHD), to predict virus outbreaks. In fact, the researchers took the data from the sewage samples and looked at county health data for the same timeframe. The treatment process uses chlorine to kill viruses in sewage at the Water Resource Recovery Facility in southwest Detroit operated by GLWA. Track the latest COVID-19 data in Michigan.
Detroit Water Facility Honored For Water Treatment
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