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Boil water advisory in effect in Grand Rapids after water main break

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If you are in the area east of U-S 131 and North of Hall Street, City of Grand Rapids officials say you should not drink your tap water without boiling it first

Boiled or bottled water should be used for everything from drinking, making ice, brushing your teeth, food prep and washing dishes until further notice. That from City of Grand Rapids officials.

Residents are advised to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for at least a minute and allow to cool before using. Officials say boiling kills bacteria and other harmful organisms in the water.

The City says a typical boil water advisory lasts 3-4 days as they flush the system and sample according to State and Federal Requirements once the main break is fixed.

The boil water advisory is due to a large water main break near Leonard and Union Northeast which caused a significant drop in pressure. That loss in pressure has the potential to introduce bacteria into our drinking water.

Again, a boil water advisory is in effect and City officials will notify the public when that advisory is lifted. More information, including a map showing the affected area, is available on the City’s website at grandrapidsmi.gov.

Meantime, downtown Grand Rapids homeless shelter Degage Ministries is seeking water donations to provide its patrons in light of the advisory. Anyone wishing to donate can bring water to the main entrance. Volunteers will be on hand to help out.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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