ALTON, Ill. – Illinois American Water issued a boil order Monday for residents living in and around Alton.
A utility spokesperson says a pump failed, causing a drop in water pressure. Anytime water pressure drops below 20 psi in any part of a community’s water distribution system, a boil order must be issued.
The order is expected to remain in place for the next 36 hours.
Any water used for drinking or cooking should be brought to a rolling boil for five minutes. The water is okay to use for bathing, washing, and other common uses.