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Precautionary boil water advisory issued for villages of Calumet & Laurium after fire

As a precaution, customers in the affected area are advised to drink and cook with tap water only after boiling it for approximately three to five minutes after service is restored.
(WAFB)
Updated: May. 22, 2021 at 12:10 PM EDT
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CALUMET & LAURIUM, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan American Water issued a precautionary boil advisory Saturday morning for the Villages of Calumet and Laurium and the immediate surrounding area after pressure dropped below 20 psi due to an overnight fire in downtown Calumet Friday night.

Customers in Hubbell and Tamarack City do not need to boil their water as they are fed from our reservoir and did not lose pressure. Also, customers in Kearsarge and North do not need to boil their water.

As a precaution, customers in the affected area are advised to drink and cook with tap water only after boiling it for approximately three to five minutes after service is restored. Tap water can be used for washing, bathing, and other common uses.

During the boil water advisory, the water company performs a series of tests to determine if the water meets regulatory drinking water standards.

According to company officials, boil advisories are issued as a precaution with a customer’s best interests in mind. It’s possible, but unlikely, bacteria could enter the water system when pressure in the line drops below 20 psi.

During the boil water advisory, the water company performs a series of tests to determine if the water meets regulatory drinking water standards. Precautionary boil water notices usually last from 18 to 24 hours. Customers will be notified via local media when the boil advisory is lifted.

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