As many are already aware, we had a large diameter water main come apart near the intersection of VanderLinde and Lakeshore Drive. Apparently we can’t get this 100+ year old water main replaced fast enough! Luckily, no one was hurt when the water main came apart.
This large water main break took some time to isolate and shut down so that repairs could be made until it is fully replaced. This was right where one of the water main connections was about to take place. The rush of water down the street washed out some sand and it did enter the sewer system. Most of it went overland into Ruddiman Lagoon, but some of it went into the sanitary sewer too. The water main break also stirred up some of the rust that accumulates on the inside of the pipe and there are reports of rusty water in the Lakeside and NIMS neighborhoods. The Contractor onsite did an amazing job redirecting the water and responding to the issue, as did the City of Muskegon Department of Public Works personnel.
There were reports that Lakeshore Drive was closed and a portion was closed between Palmer and Frisbee for about 2 hours today, but Lakeshore Drive is fully open for westbound traffic.
At this moment, the water is off to the water main break, but approximately 50–60 customers are also affected and do not have water along Palmer and Lakeshore between VanderLinde and Southern. The water will remain off until the repairs are made to the water main break which should be later this evening. Repairs are ongoing now to restore water pressure.
At this time, the City has not issued a boil water advisory alert, but when the water pressure is restored to normal later today, there is a possibility of air in the lines. Be sure to run all of your faucets to get the air out of the line as the water may appear cloudy due to small air particles. This will clear up over time. For example, if you pour water into a clear glass, it may look cloudy, but it will clear up in about 5 minutes or less. This can be common after any change in water pressure, especially with these water main connections.