Detroit orders boil water alert for most of Southwest side

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A water main break on Detroit's southwest side has led to a large portion of Detroiters being told to boil water before using it.

A 42-inch water main broke Wednesday morning. It started with some customers reproting low pressure and now, the city is telling a large portion of the city boil water before drinking it or washing fruits and vegetabes.

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) issued the alert for customers south of West Jefferson, north of Vernor Highway, west of Miller Road, and east of Livernois.

DWSD said that everyone within those boundaries should bring the water to a rolling boil for one minute, allow the water to cool before using, and store it in a clean container.

Customers in the defined area should use boiled water that has cooled or bottled water for:
Brushing teeth
Washing fruits and vegetables
Preparing food and baby formula
Making ice
Giving to pets

The city will alert residents when it is safe to stop boiling the water. CLICK HERE for more from the DWSD.