Boil water advisory lifted for all Coopersville residents

Ottawa County

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A water line leak in Polkton Twp. caused a big stir for neighbors near the intersection of 60th Avenue and Hayes Street.

Crews dug a huge hole in Chaeli Meerman’s front yard, as they eventually found the leak and worked to correct the issue.

“Guess I’m mainly concerned about my lilac bush that got ran over,” Meerman said as she watched crew dig up her front yard. 

The City of Coopersville asked residents to conserve water and boil their water on Wednesday afternoon, citing an anticipated loss of water pressure in the distribution system, caused by the leak. The loss of water pressure could cause bacterial contamination.

“The worst case scenario is to the main line that’s feeding your town have an issue,” said Bryan Buist, the superintendent at Coopersville’s Department of Public Works.

Crews eventually put an end to the leak late Wednesday evening and began to re-fill the hole at Meerman’s home.

“It’s been an exciting day,” said Buist, who hadn’t seen a water line leak affect the city to such a degree in his eight years with the department.

The boil water advisory was lifted around 9 p.m. on Wednesday. However, the leak is forcing Coopersville Area Public Schools to close on Thursday.   

A map of the boil water notice (courtesy city of Coopersville)

For more information on the boil water advisory, contact Deputy City Manager Alek Mizikar at 616.997.9731 or

For more information on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes, contact the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800.426.4791.

— staff contributed to this report

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