Mackinaw City Remains Under Boil Water Advisory, May Impact Holiday Business

Crews were hard at work Wednesday to repair a water main break in Cheboygan County.

A Northern Michigan village remains under a boil water advisory.

The advisory was put in place this morning when a valve came loose during repairs and drained the water tower.

The Mackinaw City boil water advisory is in place for anyone north of Central Ave. and east of Nicolet St.

9 & 10’s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Erin Malone have more details on how the advisory could affect holiday weekend business.

"We’re working as quick as we can," Village of Mackinaw City village manager David White said. "Many of the crew members behind me have been up since 12 ‘o clock yesterday afternoon, so getting this back and running is our top priority."

Part of the Village of Mackinaw City is under a boil water advisory after a private company accidentally drilled into a water main.

"It was on a main 12 inch line," White said. "About 1 ‘o clock this morning a valve let loose during the repairs which drained the water tower and caused a boil water notice to go on here in the village." 

The actual water main break is near the water tower in town.

A fire hydrant was spewing out water to flush out any possible contaminants.

"Once the water samples come in and they’re clear, the main will fill up the tower as it normally would," White said.

The testing will take at least two days until the boil water advisory can be lifted.

With a big holiday weekend starting up, local businesses say it’s an inconvenience.

"If you get into the weekend then we have a tremendous influx of people," Pancake Chef owner Robert Fisher said. "I guess we’re just going to have to buy a lot more bottled water and boil a lot more water." 

"Hopefully, they get it fixed by the weekend and hopefully, there’s a lot of people coming this weekend," Mackinaw Bakery & Coffeehouse co-owner Lorinda Ostman said.