Rochester's East Side Under 'Boil Water' Order for Next 2 Days

Residents east of Letica must boil drinking or cooking water for the next 48 hours after water main break on 24 Mile Road.

A water main break in Shelby Township on Tuesday afternoon forced the city of Rochester to issue a boil water notice for the city's east side for at least the next 48 hours, city officials said.

A 36-inch water main on 24 Mile Road between Schoenherr and Jewel roads broke just before noon Tuesday; shortly after, residents of Rochester's east side began reporting low water pressure, said City Manager Jaymes Vettraino.

The water pressure has been restored, and crews are working to repair the break. But because there is a risk for contaminants to siphon their way back into a water distribution system when that system loses pressure, public health officials advise residents to boil the water until a water test is performed. 

The boil water order affects those living east of Letica Drive, including Village Green Apartments and Churchill Circle. 

The boil water order does not affect any of the downtown restaurants or other businesses.

If you are affected by the boil water order, here's what you need to know:

  • Vigorously boil water for five minutes before using it for drinking or cooking.
  • If you can't boil the water, use bottled water.
  • If you need help, or if you need bottled water, contact the Rochester Fire Department at 248-651-4470. The department has a supply of bottled water for those in need.
  • After 48 hours, check with Rochester Patch, the city's website or on Channel 10 (WOW) or Channel 17 (Comcast) to see if the boil water order has been lifted.

A boil water order has also been issued for Shelby Township residents.

Channe 7, WXYZ, has video of the water main site. ClickOnDetroit has aerial photos of the water main break here.

Erin May 30, 2012 at 02:35 PM
ANy idea of the cause? Just old pipes?
Marty Rosalik May 30, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Erin, these pipes are not that old. Any number of factors from improper installation, shifting soil around tha pipes, to a stone next to the pipe can cause this. In a past life I worked underground construction installing water mains grand Blanc and Hurst Texas. In Michigan my foreman was adamant about the fill material that touches the pipe. He would scold that any rocks or stones that actually touch the pipe will eventually wear a hole in the vibrating water main. The "pin hole" will grow due t owaters natural erosion charateristics. While that mainly applies to ductile cast iron, this pipe is 36" in diameter. That is usually a different type of pipe known as lock joint. A stone can't hurt them as they are much thicker. However there are many steps in the joining of pipe sections. There is a tendancy to take short cuts to save time. I know I was told to. But that pipe line is in Texas and is 4 feet in inside diameter.
Mike May 31, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Anyone have info on when we can use the water for drinking and cooking again?
Rob Ray May 31, 2012 at 06:51 PM
According to the city website the warning has been lifted.
Kristin Bull May 31, 2012 at 07:03 PM
An update: the water boil order has been lifted. http://rochester.patch.com/articles/boil-water-order-ends-in-rochester


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