Water will continue to flow at an unregulated site along the Bill Nichols Trail near Greenland, at least for a little while longer.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy had originally ordered the Department of Natural Resources to shut the flow off by today.
An extension has been granted that will keep the water on until February 24th. In a communication to the DNR, EGLE also offered the possibility of a further 120 day extension.
The order is contingent on the DNR maintaining signage notifying the public the water is not certified as potable. Such signage has typically been damaged or removed by vandals in the past.
Water flowing from the pipe has been used by the public for decades. A recent inspection could not determine whence the water originates, although the source appears to be on state land. Because public safety can’t be guaranteed, state regulations mandate that it be shut off.
Officials say there appear to be a couple of nearby homes that use the pipe as a water source. Homeowners were being notified that their access would end in June.