A boil water alert that has affected portions of Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park has pushed school officials to close 26 Detroit Public Schools on Thursday.

The Great Lakes Water Authority on Tuesday had issued an advisory for residents and businesses in Detroit south of McNichols, east of Linwood and west of Connor on the east side after a malfunctioning pump sparked low pressure, officials said. Hamtramck and Highland Park also are affected.

Water pressure was restored but as a precaution, residents in those communities were advised through Friday not to use water for drinking or cooking unless boiled, authority representatives said. Detroit Water and Sewerage Department officials said the pressure drop might have allowed bacteria into the water system. Testing must be performed to ensure the water is safe and meets state drinking water standards, the Great Lakes Water Authority said.

The DPS Community District Office of School Nutrition had been slated to provide water for drinking, officials said earlier Wednesday. But the district later “ made the decision to close the 26 schools in the affected area and to err on the side of caution,” officials said in a statement.

Schools in the affected area include:

Blackwell Institute

Ben Carson


Burton International


Cass Technical High


Davison Elementary

Davis Aerospace @ Golightly

Detroit Collegiate Preparatory

Detroit Lions

Detroit International Academy for Young Women

Detroit School of Arts

Douglass, Frederick


Holmes, A.L.

Hutchinson@ Howe


King High School

Marcus Garvey

Marshall, T.

Moses Field


Roberson @ Hally



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