Twenty-four hours after a water advisory had been placed on Detroit’s MorningSide, East English Village and Cornerstone Village neighborhoods, the City lifted the advisory, saying residents should have clean drinking water once they flushed their taps from the top of the house.
But residents on the east side continue to report flowing brown, murky water, even after following the City’s instructions to flush the taps. Though the City says it continues to investigate, a new advisory has yet to appear, and some residents say they don’t feel comfortable drinking from their taps.
Detroit’s sewage system was “overwhelmed,” according to City officials, when 6 inches of rain dumped on the city last weekend. Detroiters are cleaning up flooded basements and cars, tossing out bulk items and scrubbing walls and floors since the downpour. However, a spokesperson from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department said the mass flooding and brown water from pipes on Detroit’s east side are not believed to be connected.
When asked about the ongoing murky water reports, DWSD told BridgeDetroit that it will have a team investigate the issue.
“The advisory was based on a cluster of brown water reports that no longer existed based on our efforts the last two days,” DWSD said in an email to BridgeDetroit on Thursday evening.
Should issues persist after following these directions call 313-267-8000 for assistance
Other residents in the area took to the Nextdoor app after the advisory was lifted to show that they were still having issues.
“Followed flush instructions two separate times for over 10 minutes each. Still brown,”posted Sany Bilani.
Gary Brown, DWSD director, gave no update as to whether the Conner Creek water pump station, which was down for two hours over the weekend, has played a role in the murky water.
“Right now, we’re just focused on providing a service to our residents,” Brown said.
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