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Crews replace sections of broken Detroit-area water main

October 26, 2017

Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) employees and sub-contractors dig up part of 14 Mile Rd. just east of Verona St. in West Bloomfield, Mich., Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, as they repair a transmission water main break affecting at least 11 Western Oakland County communities and more than 250,000 residents and businesses with a boil-water alert until possibly Friday afternoon. (Todd McInturf/The Detroit News via AP)

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Crews have installed new sections of a broken 48-inch (122-centimeter) line that prompted a boil water advisory to about a dozen suburban Detroit communities.

The Great Lakes Water Authority says Thursday that work is continuing to restore service to thousands of customers who have had little to no water pressure since the break Monday in Farmington Hills.

Officials have said that more than 300,000 people have been affected by the break.

The water main was expected to go back into service Thursday. The authority says the timeline for lifting the boil water advisory for the communities in Oakland County “has shifted” and that the “revised timeframe is dependent on pressure and water quality testing” that was to begin Thursday and continue into the weekend.

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