The Great Lakes Water Authority will launch a pilot program to assess the condition of water mains in Oakland County.
Officials say they have partnered with Pure Technologies to use new equipment to analyze eight miles of water pipes along 14 Mile Road.
Last year, a break in the 48-inch main was the cause of a week-long boil water advisory that affected nearly 300,000 residents in 11 communities.
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The new PipeDiver and Smart Ball technology is expected to detect leaks and "structural weaknesses within the pipes to help GLWA proactively prevent potential water main breaks, avoid costly emergency repairs and minimize the negative impacts to its member communities."