Thursday, September 9, 2021

Inkster residents warned to boil all water

Inkster residents remain under a boil water advisory due to a bacterial contamination, according to a notice from the city.

According to a public notice sent to residents, the city water supply system experienced a drop in pressure Aug. 27, in the area south of Michigan Avenue and west of Inkster Road. An unknown source caused the pressure reduction which, in turn, may have allowed bacterial contamination.

“Bacteria are generally not harmful and are common throughout our environment,” officials said. “Corrective measures are being undertaken to correct the situation.”

Officials cautioned residents not to drink the water without boiling it first. Residents were advised to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and then let it cool before using it. Bottled water was suggested as an alternative by officials. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food, they cautioned.

These precautions should continue until further notice, they said.

“The City of Inkster is working to find the unknown source and get pressure restored and water staff will be taking other remedial actions such as flushing and collecting bacteriological samples from around the system. The samples will be collected to determine that the water quality meets the state drinking water standards. We will inform you when tests show no bacteria and you no longer need to boil your water. We are working diligently to identify and resolve the issue. We will provide an update when we know more,” officials said in the prepared statement. 

For more information, contact Jerome Bivins of the Inkster Department of Public Services at (313) 563-9774, or at 26900 Princeton Ave. Inkster, Mi. 48141.