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Oxford — Homes and businesses in a portion of the northern Oakland County village of Oxford are entering their second day under a boil water alert on Thursday, after a water main break Wednesday, the community announced.

"Bacterial contamination may have occurred in the water system," Oxford said in a statement. "Corrective measures are currently being undertaken to correct the situation."

The affected area is on Lakes Edge Drive, Oakwood Drive and Woodridge Court.

Authorities advise that people in the area boil water before drinking or using it — for drinking, ice-making, teeth-brushing, dish-washing or in food preparation — or to use bottled water. 

When the boil water alert ends, authorities will notify the public. 

The city's water staff started "flushing and collecting bacteriological samples from around the system" about 7 a.m. Thursday. 

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