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Water Slowly Being Restored in SE Illinois

Water main break at Rend Lake repaired

May 18, 2018 - 12:45 pm
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Mt. Vernon, IL (KMOX) - Water is starting to flow again into Southeastern Illinois communities. 

A massive main break at the Rend Lake Conservancy District shut supply off to some 60 communities Wednesday, including Mt. Vernon.

City Emergency Management Director Kevin Sargent says water was turned on shortly before 11 Friday.    Sargent says filling the system is going to be a slow process.  "We're trying to adjust our levels because some of our towers ran out.  We don't want to put too much into the system all at once so that we don't bust or break any of our mains and create a bigger problem than we already have."

Sargent credits residents' and businesses' quick response to calls for water conservation for keeping some water in reserve.  The Continental Tire factory shut down shifts to help with the effort.  Pepsi, Walgreens and Mountain Valley Water are helping with supply of distribution of bottled water in the region.

Sargent says as Mt. Vernon gets its system back up, it will start to push water back to outlying communities.  In the meantime, residents and businesses are asked to continue water conversation measures. 

He says a boil water order will likely be in effect throughout the weekend.