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Water conservation notice in effect for East Lansing and Meridian Township

January 11, 2023
<p>Clean water runs from a kitchen faucet on Feb.15, 2022.</p>

Clean water runs from a kitchen faucet on Feb.15, 2022.

Photo by Tyler Smith | The State News

East Lansing and Meridian Township water system customers are under a conserve water notice.

A main transmission water line at the East Lansing – Meridian Water Sewer Authority, or ELMWSA, was damaged on Tuesday, which prevents the authority from treating water. The damage was reportedly caused by an accidental construction mishap during a project meant to upgrade and improve the water plant, according to ELMWSA Manager Joel Martinez. The construction that caused the damage is being done by the Department of Public Works as well as contractors.

ELMWSA is hoping the restriction on water consumption will only last 24-48 hours and is asking customers to refrain from all high uses of water such as showers, baths, laundry and dishes until further notice.

“We never lost system pressure, never had to issue a boil-water-notice, and we’re able to keep people with drinking water,” Martinez said. “We work very closely with [the Michigan Department of Energy Great Lakes and Environment] engineers to make sure that everything is being done according to state regulations.”

Those affected include customers of ELMWSA.

Currently, safe drinking water is being supplied by the Lansing Board of Water and Light, or BWL. The water source has been transferred to BWL's infrastructure. Customers are still being asked to conserve water despite the water coming out of their tap that is considered safe due to the fact that BWL is absorbing the water needs of another municipality.

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