Boil water advisory issued for Flint neighborhood

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FLINT (WJRT) (5/20/2019) - A Flint neighborhood has been placed under a boil water advisory after a water main break Monday caused a drop in pressure.

The affected area is Nebraska Avenue between Kearsley Park Boulevard and Franklin Avenue.

Flint Department of Public Works Director Rob Bincsik issued the precautionary boil water advisory Monday while crews were still working to repair the water main break.

“Whenever a water system loses pressure for any significant length of time, precautionary measures are recommended,” Bincsik said.

After the leak is repaired, city staff will flush the water main and collect samples from the neighborhood to check on contaminant levels. Two samples must be taken 24 hours apart before the advisory can be lifted.

“Bacteriological samples are being taken and if samples come back negative we expect to lift the boil water advisory after 48 hours,” Bincsik said.

The ongoing Flint water crisis complicates the procedures affected residents need to follow. Boiling unfiltered water, which could contain lead, would worsen the affects of lead poisoning.

Residents should first flush their cold water and then only boil water that has been first filtered. Filter cartridges should be changed as recommended.