WAKEFIELD, Mich. (WJMN) – UPDATE 5/9/23: The City of Wakefield’s water boil advisory has been lifted, according to an announcement from Wakefield City Manager Robert Brown.

The advisory was lifted following testing by White Water Associates laboratory. The City of Wakefield submitted four consecutive water samples for testing, each 24 hours apart, with no traces of E. Coli.

In the announcement, Brown writes that the city will continue to work with consultants, engineers, and state agencies to identify improvements that can be made to mitigate future disruptions to the water supply.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/26/23: The City of Wakefield issued a boil water advisory on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 after a test of the City’s wells returned a positive test for E. Coli.

The tests were conducted on April 24. Additional sampling of the well is being conducted to determine the extent of the problem. An investigation has been launched to figure out the source of the contamination.

The boil notice includes customers of the Gogebic Range Water Authority (Bessemer Township,
Ironwood Township, and Wakefield Township).

Full details of the release can found in the release beow:

UPDATE 4/27/23: In a Facebook post on Thursday morning, the City of Bessemer issued a notice to residents that their water is safe to drink and use as normal at this time.

Residents of Bessemer Township, along with residents of the City of Wakefield, Wakefield Township, and Ironwood Township, remain under a boil notice at this time.

The City of Bessemer wrote that its most recent testing samples as of April 11 were good. However, additional samples are being tested again Thursday out of an abundance of caution.

Samples will be driven to a testing facility, where they will be tested after a 48-hour wait period. Results of the testing will be posted when officials learn more.

Local 3 will update this story as additional information is received.