GLEN CARBON, IL (KTVI)-The boil order has been lifted in Glen Carbon, IL. Residents of the Metro East town had been required to boil their water during and after repairs to two water main breaks this past week. The water system was at risk of sediment and bacterial contamination. Some 13,000 people in the town had been affected.
City public works employees worked nearly two days straight to fix a major break hidden in a wooded area and then a smaller problem in a neighborhood.
The first break occurred during the Tuesday night heavy rain storm and the escaping water ran into a drainage ditch where storm runoff concealed the problem. It took workers some time to locate the break. In about ten minutes, Glen Carbon lost five hundred thousand gallons of drinking water.
The second problem involved a “plug” on the end of a residential line. It was repaired within two hours overnight Thursday.