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A water main break at Michigan’s Great Lakes Water Authority’s Lake Huron facility on Saturday affected an estimated 935,000 people, with 23 communities placed under a precautionary boil water advisory.

GLWA said it discovered a leak in a 120-inch water transmission main that distributes finished drinking water from the treatment facility to communities in southeast Michigan.

The main is the largest of the regional water distribution systems.

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A business in Greenwood and another in Imlay Township were also potentially damaged.

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A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for the Village of Almont, City of Auburn Hills, Bruce Township, Burchville Township, Chesterfield Township, Clinton Township, Imlay City, Lenox Township, Macomb Township, Mayfield Township, Village of New Haven. Orion Township, City of Pontiac, City of Rochester, City of Rochester Hills, City of Romeo, Shelby Township, City of Sterling Heights, City of Troy, City of Utica and Washington Township.

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The community of Rochester Hills tweeted that, according to its supervisory control and data acquisition system, there was no damage to the water pressure.

“This means that you do not need to boil your water at this time,” it says.

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FILE – The Flint Water Plant tower is seen Jan. 6, 2022, in Flint, Mich.
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Flint, Michigan, which experienced a devastating water crisis beginning in 2014, was also affected by the outage – the cause of which is under investigation.

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GLWA said crews have located the leak about a mile west of the facility and are working to isolate the area around it so repairs can begin.

“Once the leak is isolated, crews will begin opening emergency connections to other mains in the system to restore some flow to affected communities,” it said.

A boil water advisory will remain in place until sample test results confirm the water is safe to drink

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A sign is seen next to a water dispenser at Northwestern High School in Flint, a city struggling with the effects of lead-poisoned drinking water on May 4, 2016 in Flint, Michigan.

A sign is seen next to a water dispenser at Northwestern High School in Flint, a city struggling with the effects of lead-poisoned drinking water on May 4, 2016 in Flint, Michigan.
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Residents are advised not to drink water without boiling it for at least one minute and then cooling it before use.

Boiled, bottled or sterilized water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and preparing food.

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“Whenever a water system loses pressure for any significant length of time, precautionary measures are recommended because the loss of pressure can cause bacterial contamination of the water system,” GLWA said. “Bacteria are generally harmless and are common throughout our environment. Boiling the water before use will kill bacteria and other organisms that may be in the water.”

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