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Posted on: April 19, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Columbia water work to require shutoffs, boil advisories

City water truck

The city will replace and repair parts of our water system along Columbia Avenue over the next two weekends.

The improvements will require water shutoffs, and boil water advisories. We do our best to coordinate projects so there is less inconvenience to neighbors, and more efficiency. Later this construction season the Michigan Department of Transportation will resurface Columbia.

The work phases and boundaries are below, and on a map with this release. It is most likely that each water shutoff will start in the evening. Exact times will depend on what the crews find when they start the work.

A great way to stay updated about our work on the city water system is to sign up for alert notifications. Visit to get started. Choose email and/or text notifications for Water System Information in the Alert category. We share water system work there, when we issue the boil water advisories, and when we cancel them.

It is common to see discolored water after this kind of work. We flush hydrants in the area to help with this, and you can cold flush the water in your home to help clear it. Those instructions are attached to this release, and online at Click the Water and Wastewater tab.

  • Saturday evening, April 24 – phase 1
    1. Columbia Avenue – Helmer Road to Woodrow
    2. 28th Street South – Columbia to Hupp
    3. All of Apperson Road, Ansted Drive, and Alco Avenue
    4. 20th Street South – Highland Boulevard to Columbia
    5. 24th Street – Columbia to Lakeview Avenue
    6. Lakeview – 24th to 20th streets
  • Sunday evening, April 25 – phase 2
    1. Columbia Avenue – 26th Street South to Woodrow
    2. 20th Street South – Highland Boulevard to Columbia
  • Saturday evening, May 1 – phase 3
    1. Columbia Avenue – Capital Avenue SW to Wa Wee Nork Drive
    2. Foster Avenue – Columbia to Iroquois Avenue
    3. Highland Avenue – Columbia to Latimer Lane
    4. All of Latimer, Lucille Street, Eel Street, and Kertson Drive
  • Sunday evening, May 2 – phase 4
    1. Columbia Avenue – Highland Avenue to Arbor Street
    2. Ferndale – Columbia to Wa Wee Nork Drive
    3. Wa Wee Nork – Menno Place to Columbia
    4. All of Menno

Columbia work map

Cold flush steps

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