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Water Flowing Again in 7 Southern IL Counties
By The Associated Press
BENTON, IL - Officials say drinking water is flowing again to several southern Illinois communities after pipe break disrupted service and forced the closing of some schools and businesses.
  
The Rend Lake Conservancy District says crews completed work on a bypass pipe early Friday at its water plant near Benton. 

Repairs were finished later Friday on the 36-inch water distribution line that broke Wednesday evening.
  
The district provides water to more than 175,000 people in all or part of seven southern Illinois counties. District spokesman Larry Sanders says a boil water order will remain in place until Sunday afternoon.
  
The city of Marion ordered the Thursday afternoon closing of all hotels, restaurants, hair salons, bakeries and bars. Johnson City and Carterville ran out of water, forcing the closure of some schools.


Original Story:

A broken water main in southern Illinois has left 175,000 customers and several cities short of water, forcing the closing of schools and businesses.

Officials say a breach in a 36-inch water distribution line at the Rend Lake Conservancy water plant near Benton is the reason for the loss of water service. The district provides water to all or part of seven southern Illinois counties.

Rend Lake Conservancy official Larry Sanders said workers tried throughout the night to patch the pipe, but failed. He said they are now trying to create a temporary above-ground bypass for one of three high-service pumps what will restore some water into the system.

Meanwhile, officials in several cities instituted measures Thursday to conserve water.

The city of Marion ordered the afternoon closing of all hotels, restaurants, hair salons, bakeries and bars. 

Burn bans have been announced in several localities, to avoid the need for fire crews to expend thousands of gallons of water.

Free water was being donated and distributed at many locations by local utilities and businesses.



Published 05:15 PM, Friday May. 18, 2018
Updated 05:37 PM, Friday May. 18, 2018

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