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August 18, 2022 11:05 AM

UPDATE 120-INCH WATER TRANSMISSION MAIN BREAK

Great Lakes Water Authority
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2022

Media Contacts:
Tracy Daniel / C: 248-835-5496 / tracy.daniel@fleishman.com
Michelle Zdrodowski / C: 313-618-0552 / michelle.zdrodowski@glwater.org

120-INCH WATER TRANSMISSION MAIN BREAK
• Flushing and disinfection process of the 120-inch water transmission main is ongoing
• Due to the size and length of the pipe, the amount of water and the technical nature of the work, the process is taking longer than anticipated
• GLWA now estimates a return to normal operations will take 6-16 days longer than originally thought (October 5)

DETROIT – The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is providing an update on the August 13 break to the 120-inch water transmission main that distributes finished drinking water from its Lake Huron Water Treatment Facility to communities in the northern part of GLWA’s drinking water service area.

While the flushing and disinfection of the 120-inch transmission main has been ongoing, due to the size and length of the pipe, as well as the technical nature of the process, GLWA is now expecting that it will take an additional six to 16 days to return the main to normal operations (October 5).

“We want to thank everyone for their patience as we navigate this situation together,” said Suzanne R. Coffey, P.E., Chief Executive Officer, GLWA. “We know that extending the timeframe to return the transmission system back normal operations will further inconvenience all of the communities and their residents, but it is necessary for us to ensure that we complete this repair in a way that safeguards the public health and the system.”

GLWA will share more information as it becomes available, as well as photos of progress being made at the repair site.

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