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Posted by on Friday, May 18th, 2018 @ 9:27 pm.

The Emergency Management Agencies of Franklin, Williamson, Jefferson, Jackson, Perry, Hamilton and Saline counties in southern Illinois have announced that water systems that receive water from the Rend Lake Intercity Water System will remain on a boil water order until intercity water and your local water system receive water test results showing that the water is safe to drink.

Because of the complete shut down and the emptying of pipes and tanks, the sediment within the system has been disturbed. There will be an increased possibility of the incidence of air and floating copper and lead in the lines.

Residents should remove aerators, like tubs, to flush your lines. Water customers are reminded to let the water run for a couple of minutes before collecting water to be boiled and then cooled for consumption.

Here are some reminders.

Vigorously boil water and adhere to the length of time recommended in the boil order. Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water. Do not use ice from ice trays, ice dispensers or ice makers. Throw out all ice made with tap water. Make new ice with boiled or bottled water. It is safe to do laundry as usual.

Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering. Use caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water.

Don’t forget that pets can get some of the same diseases as people. It’s a good idea to give them boiled water that has been cooled.

Run your dishwasher empty, do this for three dish washing cycles for maximum benefit.

Dispose ice in ice makers until you are sure it’s safe to use all ice in ice machines.

Flush all in line water filters used for water consumption, cooking or dish washing.


Harrisburg note: Not sure how this impacts us, as our water comes from Gallatin County through the Saline Valley Conservancy District. I know that some locales on the Franklin County side of Saline (west and northwest) might be impacted. It appears they're erring on the side of caution, however, so you should, too.

Also note: We were advised this morning that those in White County on the far west side adjacent to Hamilton County have water provided by RL, so those communities - Springerton, Enfield and Mill Shoals - should be boiling their water as well.

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