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Repairs to a water main that broke Thursday night in Livonia could begin Saturday, said officials with the regional water authority.

Crews with the Great Lakes Water Authority have been at the site of the break in a 48-inch diameter water transmission main on Schoolcraft, just east of Middlebelt, since it happened, officials said.

"As of this morning, they have isolated the break and begun excavation to determine the number of pipe sections to be replaced," Amanda Abukhader, a spokeswoman for the authority, said in a statement Friday. "The Authority is ordering the replacement pipe today and should begin repairs tomorrow."

Officials issued a boil-water alert Thursday night for Livonia residents. The Livonia Police Department asks motorists to avoid the area and Livonia schools were closed Friday because of the advisory.

Residents are advised to boil water until further notice, according to officials.

Experts say before consuming tap water in areas affected by low water pressure, the water should be boiled for one minute and cooled before being used. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

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