MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) — Meridian Township has extended a boil water advisory until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday after a main water break in the area.

Thursday morning, an East Lansing Meridian Water and Sewer Authority (ELMWSA) water supply main break was found at the corner of Park Lake Road and Haslett Road.

Township officials say the break was isolated and is being repaired. However, as a precautionary measure, residents are still being advised to follow the boil water advisory.

“Testing is to see if bacteria from ground water did get into the Township’s water supply due to the water main break. If the water pressure in the distribution system drops below acceptable levels, some groundwater could seep into the water distribution system,” Meridian Township said. “Groundwater can carry bacteria. If some bacteria were to get into the system, it is possible to experience gastrointestinal symptoms, such as an upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.”

The decision to extend the measure was made because there are two required water sampling tests that needed to be completed.

Here are the recommended steps:

  • Bring tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute and cool before using or use bottled water.
  • Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice.
  • Showering, laundry, cleaning and other non-consumption uses without boiling is safe.

To view a map and see if you’re in the advisory zone, click the link below:

Earlier in the afternoon Thursday, the township said the water issue was more widespread than they initially thought.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this widespread water outage,” Meridian Township said.

In response to the water issues, Okemos Public Schools has canceled all events starting at 12 p.m. on Thursday. That includes camps and other community education programs.

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