Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash said today that without the tremendous cooperation of local municipalities, the water main break which occurred exactly one week ago would have had a more far-reaching impact on the more than 300,000 residents in Oakland County communities affected by the break.
“I want to voice special appreciation to West Bloomfield Township and its Water and Sewer Utilities Director Ed Haapala,” Nash said. “Without the conscientious effort of Ed and his team, the aftermath of the water main break would have been far worse.”
Nash also praised the regional cooperative effort of Oakland County’s Executive branch and the exceptional effort of its departments, including the health division, homeland security and numerous others.
“My own staff also was front-and- center in this battle to restore water to our customers as quickly as possible,” he said. “I’ve been a strong proponent of regional cooperation and this effort demonstrates how effective we can be when we all work together.”
After a precautionary week-long boil water notice, Nash explained that his office issued the “all clear” for all areas impacted by the break.
“I also sincerely appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers,” he added.
“Although the water main break did not occur in a pipe under the jurisdiction or authority of my office, many of our customers were adversely affected. That’s why regional cooperation is so important.”