Muskegon Heights lifts boil water advisory

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — The city of Muskegon Heights has lifted its boil water advisory after completing all the required testing and sampling.

The city is recommending that residents complete the following actions before resuming normal water use:

  • Flush plumbing, pipes and faucets:

    • Unscrew and remove faucet screens and aerators and clean out any particles.

    • Run cold water through faucets and appliances with direct water connections for at least five minutes.

    • Clear hot water pipes and the water heater of untreated water by running only hot water through all faucets and flush until the water runs cool.

    • Put screens and aerators back on the faucets.

  • Check appliances and devices:

    • Remove and replace all water filters, including watercoolers, inline filters and other appliances with direct water connections. The filter could be contaminated if you ran water through any filter during the boil water advisory.

    • Always read and follow the owner’s manual for directions to flush and replace filters for all appliances that use water.

    • Water dispensers from refrigerators should be flushed with at least one gallon of water, refer to the owner’s manual.

    • Dump existing ice and flush the water feed lines, making and discarding three batches of ice cubes.

    • After flushing the hot water pipes and the water heater, run an empty dishwasher one time on the hottest or sanitize cycle.

    • Run water softener through a full regeneration cycle.

    • Remove and replace filters in portable and furnace humidifiers.

The city said that restaurants and food service facilities should refer to guidance from the county’s health department.

The advisory was issued Wednesday after the supervisory control and data acquisition experienced a malfunction, causing a drop in system pressure. Such pressure drops can allow bacteria to enter the system.

The city said it has confirmed the malfunction was not caused by an “outside intrusion” and that construction and maintenance work has not caused any problems.

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