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Boil Water Advisory Issued For East Bay Township

By Beth Milligan | March 9, 2021

A boil water advisory has been issued for a portion of East Bay Township following a water main break Tuesday.

According to an alert from the Grand Traverse County Department of Public Works (DPW), the boil water advisory was issued as a precautionary measure “due to the loss of water pressure in the water distribution system caused by a leak in an old section of watermain south of Holiday Road along Holiday Village Drive.” To repair the break, the DPW had to shut down a portion of the main, depressurizing the system. “Whenever a water system loses pressure for any significant length of time, precautionary measures are recommended,” DPW said in the alert.

The advisory recommends residents near Holiday Hills do not drink water without boiling it first. “Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water. Continue using boiled or bottled water until further notice,” DPW stated.

Staff are working to get pressure restored and will take other remedial actions such as flushing and collecting bacteriological samples from around the system. The samples will be collected to determine the water quality meets state drinking water standards. “We will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water,” DPW stated. “We anticipate resolving the problem within 48 hours.”

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