July 15, 2009 IMLAY CITY — The city remained under a Boil Water Advisory Thursday evening; the result of a water main break on Blacks Corners Road near Lions Park.
The break reportedly occurred sometime before 2 p.m. Wednesday, when city officials released the Boil Water Advisory.
City Manager Amy Planck said DPW workers inadvertently compromised the main while searching for a water service line for an upcoming road project.
Planck said the notice will remain in effect until sampling results verify that the water is safe to drink. Another public notice will be issued when the Boil Water Advisory is lifted.
"We took (water) samples last night," said Planck. "It's a 24-hour test, so we won't know for sure until around 9:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday)."
To ensure the public safety, all residences, businesses and food establishments serviced by the city's water system have been advised to boil their water before drinking.
Under the provisions of the Boil Water Advisory, all water should be boiled for one minute and allowed to cool before using.
Until the advisory is lifted, all water users are advised to drink bottled water. It is also advised to avoid making ice, coffee, tea and other beverages, or to prepare food using unboiled water.
Food establishments are being asked to follow the instructions in the "Emergency Action Plans for Retail Food Establishment" guide. The guide is avaialable on the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture Web site at: www.michigan.gov/michiganprepares.
For questions or more information, call the Imlay City Office at 810-724-2135 or go to www.imlaycity.org.
General guidelines on ways to lessen your risk are available from the Environmental Protection Agency Safe Drinking Water hotline at 800-426-4791.