Boil order issued for Alton area


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.

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