Critical repair aims to protect drinking water in Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - The City of Highland Park is making a critical $500,000 repair to its crumbling water treatment facility to maintain the water quality for residents, but with millions of improvements needed, state officials say one option is making the switch so that the City of Detroit is permanently supplying water to Highland Park.

On November 13, Highland Park residents began getting water from Detroit on a temporary basis so that Highland Park's water treatment facility could be shut down for the extended amount of time needed to remove sludge and make the critical repair.

A spokesperson with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) tells 7 Action News that while the repair will maintain safe drinking water for now, the entire plant is in need of at least $15,000,000 in improvements.

It's money the cash-strapped city doesn't have to spend.

The MDEQ's Kris Donaldson says Highland Park's water treatment plant is very old and has not been maintained properly for years and that the repairs now being made are just the beginning of a long list of repairs that have been ordered by the State of Michigan.

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