Oakland County residents scramble for water after massive water main break

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- Two hospitals are canceling elective surgeries and procedures due to a water emergency following a water main break in suburban Detroit.

Everyone knows that one person who refuses to follow the rules, but if you're thinking about ignoring the boil water advisory in Novi and 11 other communities in Oakland County - think again.

A water main break Monday evening has left Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich., and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Bloomfield Township, Mich., without water service, according to CBS Detroit.

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"While we are trying to restore water to as many customers as possible, we are most focused on critical facilities such as hospitals and schools", the authority said in a statement. Some affected communities have access to alternative water supplies, including portions of Wixom that have switched to a back-up well water source, she said. Oakland County health officials are urging residents and businesses to take precautions before using water.

About 230 homes in the city of Fayetteville are being asked to boil their water after a water main break in the city.

Oakland County residents are concerned about the boil water advisory affecting 12 communities.

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There are free tankers with clean water stationed at Novi High School and Middle School.

The alert is in effect for Commerce Township, Farmington Hills, Novi, Rochester Hills, Walled Lake, West Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Township, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake and Wixom as well as the Hills of Oakland and Kings Pointe subdivisions in Oakland Township, the News reports.

When there's low water pressure - there's a possibility that bacteria can form in the water.

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