A water main break in suburban Detroit has prompted officials to issue a boil water advisory for about a dozen communities.
The break on Monday evening in Farmington Hills affected surrounding communities and closed a number of area schools on Tuesday. In parts of Novi, no water service was reported. Oakland County health officials were alerting people and businesses to take precautions before using water.
The affected communities include parts or all of Bloomfield Township, Commerce Township, Farmington Hills, Keego Harbor, Oakland Township, Orchard Lake, Novi, Novi Township, Rochester Hills, Wixom, West Bloomfield Township and Walled Lake.
Two hospitals are canceling elective surgeries and procedures due to water emergency following the water main break.
Providence Park Hospital in Novi says ambulances are being rerouted on Tuesday morning away from the hospital and some patients are being transferred to Providence Hospital in Southfield.
Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital says in a statement on its website Tuesday that it has no water service and its clinics are closed for the day.
Officials say the earliest that a boil water advisory could be lifted is Friday evening.
The Great Lakes Water Authority said Tuesday it's working with community water departments to isolate water systems from the damaged portion of main in order to begin repairs.
Officials say they expect to have a replacement piece of pipe installed by Wednesday night and water quality tests will take place afterward.
The water authority says, however, the timeline could change.
Wixom, Walled Lake, Commerce Township and parts of Novi are expected to have low to no water pressure as repairs take place.
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