Water main repairs underway in Oakland County

Posted at 7:36 AM, Oct 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 06:19:14-04

Repairs on the massive 48-inch water main break in Farmington Hills will begin immediately after the replacement pipe was delivered on Wednesday morning, Great Lakes Water Authority officials tell 7 Action News.

The main broke on Monday night and left more than 51,000 people without water. More than 250,000 people are affected by the break and a dozen communities are under a boil water advisory that could last until at least Friday night.

We're told the 48-inch line is 6-10 feet underground on 14 Mile Rd. in 20-foot sections. Three new sections were brought in from Illinois to replace the broken sections.

Since the main was installed in 1970, there have been no needed repairs.

There is speculation that a loss of power in a pumping station could have caused a drop and surge in water pressure.