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City, SpartanNash to give out water to residents under Boil Water Advisory

SpartanNash and Grand Rapids distribute water Monday evening amid Boil Water Advisory after Sunday's main break.

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Boil Water Advisory

If you are in the affected area, DO NOT drink tap water without boiling it first. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute and allow to cool before using. Boiling kills bacteria and other harmful organisms in the water.

If you have further questions, or need to report a water/sewer emergency, please contact customer service by dialing 616-456-3000, or dial 3-1-1 if you are within the city limits.

SpartanNash and the City of Grand Rapids will distribute cases of bottled water Monday evening to assist those affected by the ongoing Boil Water Advisory following Sunday’s water main break. 

On Monday, March 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., impacted residents will be provided one case of water per vehicle at the distribution center at 1635 Leonard St. NE.

Approximately 20,000 residents on the northeast side of town, east of US 131 and north of Hall Street, are currently under the advisory after a water main break Sunday afternoon near Leonard Street NE and Union Avenue.

According to the city, crews have begun repairs and water pressure has been restored.

During a Sunday night press conference, City of Grand Rapids Water System Manager Wayne Jernberg said nobody in the area is currently without water, but around 20,000 residents and businesses in this area are with potentially compromised water. Though, Jernberg said lead is not a concern. 

A typical Boil Water Advisory lasts 3-4 days to allow time to flush the system and sample the water, according to State and Federal requirements, once the main break is fixed. 

City officials said they will send out another notification to residents when the advisory is lifted.


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