City of Flint removed from boil water advisory after violation in Port Huron | Flint Water Emergency

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) – The city of Flint is switching to its backup water source after a major disruption in the Detroit Metro water supply.

The breach affected the Great Lakes Water Authority’s intake 120 inches in diameter near its intake facility in Port Huron on Saturday morning. Flint gets 95% of its water from the Metro Detroit system.

Twenty-three communities covering nearly one million Detroit-area residents are under boil water advisories as a result of the violation.

The city of Flint was included in the boil water advisory, according to the Great Lakes Water Authority. However, Flint was removed from notice around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

This means that anyone who draws water from the City of Flint system no longer needs to boil the water before using it.

Only the city of Flint’s water system was affected by the boil water advisory. Most of the other communities in Genesee County produce their own drinking water or draw from the county water system through the Karegnondi Water Authority, so their water was potable.

Flint switches to his Genesee County backup water source. The county system normally supplies 5% of Flint’s water, but will increase to supply the entire city system during the crisis in Detroit.

The Great Lakes Water Authority discovered a leak Saturday morning in the 10-foot-diameter water main that connects its water treatment facility near Port Huron to the northern part of Metro Detroit.

The leaky water pipe is the largest in the Great Lakes Water Authority’s service area, which covers most of the Detroit metro area.

Flint Department of Public Works Director Mike Brown said city crews were able to shut off power to the Great Lakes Water Authority and switch completely to the Genesee County system before pressure in the system was exhausted. city ​​water is falling dangerously.

Detroit-area crews were busy isolating the leak around noon Saturday so a repair could begin. An investigation is underway into the causes of the water main break.

Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said the city’s response shows it was well prepared for an incident with the water supply through pre-planning for water infrastructure.

“I want to reassure residents that our city woke up this morning with clean water, with solid and carefully planned infrastructure,” he said.

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