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23. March 2008 • Juliew
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The boil water notice issued on March 22, 2008 for certain areas of the City of Ann Arbor is no longer in effect. The test results have shown that the water is safe. The residents in the affected area do not need to boil their water anymore.

March 22, 2008

The City of Ann Arbor had a water main break that depressurized a part of the distribution system. The City has issued a precautionary boil water notice for certain areas of the City.

The affected area is South of Stadium between Packard and Washtenaw, South of Washtenaw between Stadium and Manchester, East of Packard between Stadium and Colony, West of County Farm Park and West of Buhr Park. Additionally, Overridge East of Glenwood/Bedford.

As a precautionary measure, all residents in the affected area are advised to boil water that they will use for drinking or cooking. The water should be boiled for at least five minutes and allowed to cool in a covered container. Bottled water may be used as an alternative to boiling.

The City advises the residents to continue to use boiled or bottled water until further notice. Tests of the water have begun and results will be available within 48 hours. The boil water advisory will be lifted when safe results have been obtained from the tests.
Residents may use the water for showering, flushing toilets, and doing laundry. If using the dishwasher, use the heated cycle. If hand washing dishes, use hot water.

This is a precautionary advisory only. There is no indication that there was any contamination. Residents may call (734)994-2840 with questions.

  1. Thanks for posting this, Julie! I am in one of the areas! This is the reason that I have stockpiled water in my basement (along with leftover stuff that I stockpiled when the bird flu was all the rage :) )
    Have a good rest of the weekend!

       —TeacherPatti    Mar. 23 '08 - 04:37AM    #
  2. I’ve created a Google Map of the affected area as I understand them based on the description:

       —Eric    Mar. 23 '08 - 09:26AM    #
  3. The boil water notice has been cancelled.

    Eric, your Google Map was exactly what was needed in this situation. Written directions are somewhat helpful, but much less useful than a map. Thanks for creating it!

    Also, Patti, since you live in that area, how did you find out about the notice? I wonder if the City uses the Code Red notification system for this sort of thing or if people in the area are notified in any way other than on TV/radio.

       —Juliew    Mar. 23 '08 - 08:08PM    #
  4. Wow. The font here is completely unreadable on my computer. I had to cut-and-paste the text into another program and change the font in order to read it.

       —Valerie    Mar. 23 '08 - 10:25PM    #
  5. Valerie: email us at and we can try to figure out what’s going on.

       —Bruce Fields    Mar. 24 '08 - 01:29AM    #
  6. Thanks for the Google map, Eric!

    Julie, we have an awesome person in our neighborhood who grew up here and now lives in another house with her family. She set up our Yahoo! neighborhood list and she sent out the notice. But, had I not checked email and then arborupdate, I wouldn’t have known.

    And I’m glad that it’s been canceled, as I just drank a huge glass of water with my dinner!

       —TeacherPatti    Mar. 24 '08 - 03:19AM    #
  7. It’s interesting that the Google Map has had over 1,200 views. It would be nice if all such announcements were accompanied by maps. But it does take time to make one, and I’m sure there’s an imperative to get the word out as quickly as possible.

       —Eric    Mar. 24 '08 - 05:20AM    #