The extreme cold has been blamed for repeated water main breaks. Ice accumulation in the Mississippi River also caused problems at the intake plant. Some schools cancelled classes Thursday because of the water problems.
About 150,000 Illinois American Water customers were affected. The company said it conducted a series of water quality tests and have confirmed the water meets all EPA standards and regulations.
A conservation request will remain in effect while crews continue to battle frigid temperatures and the effect on its systems. Crews simply ask customers to use no more than they need and to use water wisely. If they need to wash their clothes, they should wait until they have a full load, etc. They will notify customers when this conservation measure is no longer needed.
The boil order has been lifted immediately in the following communities directly served by Illinois American Water:
- East St. Louis
- Fairmont City
- Washington Park
- Cahokia (from Commonfields of Cahokia PWD)
- Canteen Township
- St. Clair Township
- Stookey Township
- Smithton Township
The following sale-for-resale (wholesale) communities will notify their customers-residents regarding their boil water order status:
- Scott Air Force Base
- O’Fallon (Also provides water to Fairview Heights)
- Commonfields of Cahokia Public Water District
- Concordia Water District