UPDATED: Break Repaired; Boil Order Still On for Residents

A water-main break reportedly has caused a major loss of water pressure to the Village of Western Springs.

UPDATED, 3:25 p.m.: A second CodeRED alert from the Village has confirmed that the water main break has been repaired.

Residents are advised that there still may be silt discoloration in their water and to run their lowest cold-water taps to rid the pipes of residue.

The boil order remains in effect for all water used for drinking or cooking. The order will remain in effect until tomorrow when the Village will recieve lab test results on the water.


The Village of Western Springs deployed a CodeRED alert at 6:42 a.m. Tuesday morning issuing a boil order on Western Springs water.

A water main break near the base of the Western Springs Water Tower has caused weakening or loss of water pressure to most of the village, the alert said.

Boil orders are issued when it is possible that a water source has been contaminated. According to the Center for Disease Control, "boiling can be used as a pathogen reduction method that should kill all pathogens. Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute."

Residents can call the police non-emergency number at 708-246-8540, the water department at 708-246-1800 x 215 or the public works department at 708-246-1800 x 200 for additional information.

This is a breaking news alert. Patch coverage will continue.

Frank Schimmel November 28, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Check this out http://www.watermainbreakclock.com/ Corrosion is a significant drag on the economy, costing U.S. drinking water and wastewater systems over $50.7 billion annually, or more than $1 trillion dollars over the next twenty years. Not only is this cost calculated in terms of water main break repair, but also in terms of lost water, replacement of corroded pipes and implementation of corrosion-mitigation measures, which are ineffective since they only delay an unavoidable outcome.
Mouse November 28, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Frank, that is a PVC pipe trade group (© 2000 - 2011 Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association). Totally unreliable source.
Katherine November 28, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I was thinking the same thing. While PVC may be what is needed, you can't rely on the PVC trade group for this endorsement. Of course they think they are the answer :).
Mrossi November 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Mouse, believe me, I know what the plan is. I also know what may be in Lake Michigan water and that as a village we would have no control over removing any level of contaminants from that. I suppose there is no perfect solution, and I do wish I had known what was in the WS water before January of this year. I've lived here 9 years and never knew there was an issue with the water, thinking that a Britta filter would be sufficient. I don't drink or cook with this current water, so the boil oder didn't affect me much more than any other day, other than feeling slightly more nervous than usual showering in the water. If this water could be filtered, I would be filtering it, especially in the shower, since you cannot shower in bottled water. The health of my family is my main concern, appliances second. What to do about aging infrastructure--Good question.
plumbers daughter November 29, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Where do they test the water for its purity? From the water treatment center? Trust me, by the time that pure water passes through those old pipes into our homes, it is no longer pure.As for the promise of better water pressure, as dad always says, you can't cram 20 pounds of pressure into a 10 pound box, hence the broken pipes.


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