Last night, around 10 p.m., there was a water main break on Buchanan St. (between W. Grand Blvd. and 23rd St.), in Detroit. The break occurred on a 30-inch transmission main, which, due to the size, falls under the jurisdiction of the Great Lakes Water Authority.
Both GLWA crews and DWSD crews are on site and have isolated the area of the break. However, several streets are still flooded. The water main break is expected to be repaired as early as tomorrow.
Due to the size of the water main break, approximately 40 households on Buchanan St. will be without water for about the next 24 hours. To ensure the safety of the water, we expect it to take another 24-48 hours before the water line has been flushed, treated and deemed safe for public consumption. When the repair is complete, GLWA chlorinates the line and does a water quality test before water service is restored and deemed safe for the residents.
In the meantime, to make sure residents have access to clean water, crews will be out delivering bottled water at noon today and will continue until residents are able to resume using their water.
We will send out regular updates, which also will be available at www.detroitmi.gov/dwsd to let residents know the status of their water supply.