DWSD advises Cornerstone Village, East English Village and Morningside neighborhoods on the eastside to take precautions due to rusty water; investigation underway

DETROIT – Residents and businesses in the eastside neighborhoods of Cornerstone Village, East English Village and Morningside in District 4 are reporting brown, rusty water in their taps and toilets. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is currently investigating to uncover the cause which will determine the next steps. The rust color is due to a disruption in the water pipes serving these neighborhoods causing sediment to enter the customer taps.

Water customers in Cornerstone Village, East English Village and Morningside are advised to:

  • Check their faucet and if they see brown, rusty water after running it for at least two minutes to report it to DWSD by calling 313-267-8000.
  • Do not use water for drinking and washing clothes out of an abundance of caution if you have brown, rusty water after running your faucet for at least two minutes.

Boiling the water will not have an impact in this case.

Currently, there are no other reports of brown, rusty water outside of these three neighborhoods, Detroit’s drinking water testing continues to meet or exceed the Safe Drinking Water Act, and there are no other indications that make it necessary to issue a boil water advisory at this time.

DWSD has informed the community leaders in those neighborhoods and will provide future updates via the news media, social media and notices. DWSD and the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) will continue to investigate the cause to determine the remedy as quickly as possible. This was reported to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and it will continue to monitor as well.