Water boil advisory

HANCOCK ­– A water boil advisory is in place for several areas in Houghton County after a water main break in Adams Township Wednesday.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for the following affected areas: Atlantic Mine, city of Hancock, all of Portage Township (which includes Hurontown, Isle Royale No. 2 Location, Dodgeville, Dakota Heights, and Naumkaeg Shores), and Quincy and Franklin townships that are supplied with municipal drinking water from Adams Township.

Water was shut off about 10 a.m. Wednesday and restored about four hours later after the main was repaired. Because of the damage and extended loss of pressure, EGLE recommended precautionary measures until the system is tested and confirmed to be safe for drinking. EGLE anticipates it will receive water testing results by Saturday morning.

Until further notice, bottled water (or tap water boiled for at least two minutes) should be used for drinking, making ice, coffee, pop or other beverages, and preparing food.

Food establishments in those areas must follow instructions in the Emergency Action Plans for Retail Food Establishments, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department said. It can be found online at http://www.wupdhd.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Emergency-Action-Plans.pdf.

The WUPHD will issue another notice when the boil water advisory has been lifted. Anyone with questions during the boil water advisory period should contact Tanya Rule, WUPHD’s environmental health director, at (906) 482-7382.


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