Water Main Break Temporarily Shuts Off Water Downtown – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT) – Crews in hard hats and boots were spotted by Farmer and Bates on Monday to make repairs, but not without inconvenience.

“It is a response to an emergency. As you know, Detroit is investing a lot of money in infrastructure all over the city, ”said Kenneth Miller, maintenance and repair manager at DWSD.

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The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s shut-off valves for much of downtown Detroit where some businesses and local residents either had no water at all or had low water pressure.

The problem arises from a major water break that affects an eight block radius in the city center.

“We discovered that a 6-inch water pipe was defective. This aqueduct is actually attached to a 30-inch aqueduct that runs down Bates Street. In order to do the repairs, we need to put in more insulation than your normal waterpipe break, ”Miller said.

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DWSD officials say repairs started on Monday instead of the weekend to minimize disruption to local businesses and their weekend storm.

“As with everything, we won’t know until we go underground to really find out where the problem really is. DWSD is on duty and we are working very hard to solve the problem. We work hard for you and our infrastructure every day, ”said Miller.

While no recommendation on boiling water is required, affected customers are advised to flush plumbing for 30 minutes after recovery before using water for hygiene, drinking, and cooking.

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