Albion water main break forces boil water advisory for some residents

Boil water advisory (MGN photo)

A water main break today on East Michigan Avenue caused a water pressure drop, and a loss of service in some areas. Albion city officials are warning residents of affected areas to boil their water before drinking it.

Water department crews are working to repair the break and expect to have water service restored by 6 p.m. today.

But the drop in pressure might have allowed bacterial contamination in the water system. Bacteria are generally not harmful and are common throughout our environment, the city said, but the boil water advisory is issued as a precaution.

The advisory means residents should bring all drinking water to a boil, then let it boil for at least one minute before cooling it for consumption. Or use bottled water. 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 preparing food. The city said residents and businesses in the following areas should continue using boiled or bottled water until further notice.

  • 100-200 Block of East Michigan
  • 200–400 Blocks of North Superior
  • All of Vine Street
  • 300–400 North Clinton

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