Flint issues boil filtered water notice for residents

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

The city of Flint has issued a precautionary boil filtered water advisory for some residents as crews worked to repair a water main break.

The need for additional, extensive infrastructure work was discovered in the area of the break on Court St., officials said.

“This boil water advisory is just precautionary, and while it may be a hassle, we want residents to be safe,” said Mayor Karen Weaver. “We know the city’s infrastructure is old and issues like this unfortunately can’t be avoided. But we are working to fix the problem. Meanwhile, we’re asking residents to boil your filtered water before using it for things like cooking, just to be safe.”

On Tuesday, crews will replace valves at the following intersections: Court and Pershing; Court and Vosburg; and Court and Durand.

On Wednesday, crews will replace valves in the area of Zimmerman and Vosburg and Corunna and Vosburg.

There will be some traffic delays in the area, officials said.

City officials say they will notify residents when it is safe to drink filtered water again without boiling.

The city has been dealing with the effects of lead contamination in its water system during an 18-month period when it drew water from the Flint River before it moved back to the Detroit-based Great Lakes Water Authority.

The boil-water alert also comes as the city continues to weigh whether it will move forward with plans to draw and treat water from the new KWA pipeline, which could be operating by spring 2017.