DETROIT – The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) and the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) responded to a 30-inch water main break this afternoon on Canfield between Second and Third avenues that flooded streets and lawns. Crews have been on the scene since 1 p.m. and will work through the night to make the repair.
The affected water main is 30 inches which, as a result of the break, caused the abrupt street and sidewalk flooding. The cast iron main was installed on Canfield in 1886. Crews isolated the water main, and used the redundancy in the Detroit water system to continue to provide water service to the nearby residents and businesses. Some businesses did experience temporary low pressure late Saturday afternoon that was since resolved.
The sewer system in the area was down and flowing, which is allowing the water on the street to be removed. Once there is no more standing water on Canfield, crews with GLWA will begin to excavate the area of the water main break this evening. They will work through the night to make the repair.
Once the water main is repaired, Canfield street, including its historic brick pavers, will be restored. Sidewalks and lawns that may have been damaged as a result of the water main break will also be repaired.
Residents on Canfield who experienced property damage related to the water main break may file a claim by calling DWSD at 313-267-8000 to get a claim number and then complete the online form at http://www.detroitmi.gov/How-Do-I/File/Sewerage-Backup-Claims-Forms.
If you ever see standing water, DWSD urges you to avoid it for your safety, then report it to DWSD at 313-267-8000.
DWSD is undertaking a five-year, $500 million capital improvement program to begin to renew the city’s aging water and sewer system. There are 23 projects this year alone.
About the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) serves more than 230,000 residential, commercial and non-profit accounts that includes a residential population of 680,000. DWSD’s water network consists of more than 2,700 miles of water main and nearly 3,000 miles of sewer collection piping within the city of Detroit. To learn more about DWSD or to request water services, make payments, or report water problems, call DWSD at 313-267-8000 or visit us at detroitmi.gov/dwsd.