Boil-water alert lifted in Flint

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A boil water advisory in Flint was lifted Friday after the city received the all-clear on bacteria testing after a water main break.

“Affected residents no longer need to boil their filtered water because testing did not reveal any bacteria during or after the repair of the water main break,” officials said in a released statement. “The boil water advisory was issued as a precautionary measure because the loss of pressure in the water distribution system can make the system vulnerable to bacterial contamination.”

In a statement earlier Friday, Flint’s utilities administrator Michael Glasgow said: “The first set of bacteria testing results from Wednesday’s sampling were clean.”

Officials confirmed later Friday that a second set of the bacteria testing and chlorine residual monitoring passed inspection.

Residents were first advised to boil filtered water Tuesday when city officials said a large water transmission line adjacent to Dort Highway broke.

The resulting water main break on Dupont Road affected an area between Clio and North Center roads.

The main break was contained late Tuesday and has since been repaired, Glasgow said. The line was being repressurized Friday. Water system pressures have been stable since the break was contained, officials said.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that after the water main break it has been working closely with the city of Flint and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on steps residents should take given the city’s water issues.

“Residents should still drink only filtered or bottled water because of the ongoing lead issue,” the EPA said.

The advisory comes as Flint deals with lead and follows a Legionella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened dozens.

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