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Boil order for Illinois communities is lifted

Normal water use can be resumed, Illinois American Water said.

GODFREY, Ill. — UPDATE: Illinois American Water lifted the boil order in place for Graton, Elsha, Chautauqua, Principia and parts of Godfrey on Wednesday.

Normal water use can be resumed, Illinois American Water said. Water samples tested from the affected area met all federal and state regulatory standards for drinking water.

Sept. 19, 2023: Several Illinois communities are under a boil order after a loss in water pressure during a maintenance procedure.

Illinois American Water said the order is being issued in accordance with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regulations. The water pressure dropped below 20 pounds per square inch, causing the order to be issued.

Affected areas include: 

  • Godfrey 
  • Grafton 
  • Elsah
  • Chautauqua 

Customers who also receive water from the Jersey County Rural Water Company are asked to follow the boil order, Illinois American Water said.

During a boil order, water should be brought to a rolling boil for five minutes before drinking or for cooking. Affected water is okay for bathing, washing and other common uses, Illinois American Water said.

Customers in the affected areas will receive a phone call from the company when the boil order is lifted and tested water meets all regulated quality standards, the release said. 

Stay up-to-date on the latest information from Illinois American Water here. 

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