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Boil Order in Effect in Grayslake

The boil order is in effect until further notice, according to village officials.

A boil order is in effect in Grayslake. Photo credit: Patch file
A boil order is in effect in Grayslake. Photo credit: Patch file
UPDATE, 3:24 p.m. Wednesday: The boil order in effect in Grayslake is expected to remain in effect for the next 36-48 hours, village officials said in a press release issued at 3:14 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials said the village's water system lost pressure just after 12:30 p.m.

"A preliminary investigation revealed that a telemetry system malfunction, possibly caused by the extreme cold temperatures experienced over the last three days, led to the loss of pressure," officials said in the press release. "Immediately upon learning of the malfunction, village crews responded by overriding the automatic operating system and manually pumping water back into the system. Normal water pressure was restored in less than 30 minutes."

The boil order was issued in accordance with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regulations, officials said. 

"During the boil order, bottled water should be used for drinking, cooking, washing fresh fruits and vegetables, hand washing, and tooth brushing. If bottled water is not available, the affected tap water should be used for these purposes only after it has been boiled for five minutes," officials noted.

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Original story: A boil order is in effect in Grayslake until further notice.

Crews were working earlier to restore water pressure in the village.

Village officials posted this message on the village website regarding the boil order: 

During a boil water order, residential and commercial users of affected public water supplies should take the following measures to protect themselves from consuming potentially contaminated water:

1. Bottled water should be used for drinking, cooking, washing fresh fruits/vegetables, hand washing and tooth brushing.
2. If bottled water is not available, the affected tap water should be used for these purposes only after it has been boiled for FIVE MINUTES.
3. The affected water may be used for dish washing if a dishwashing machine is used. If dishes are hand washed, boiled or bottled water should be used. The affected tap water may be used if the clean dishes are immersed for at least one minute in a sink of water to which one full tablespoon of regular household bleach has been added.
4. The affected tap water may be used for bathing and/or showering.
5. The affected water may be used for household cleaning.

Note: If the tap water is cloudy and/or contains particles, bottled water should be used.

After the “boil water” order is lifted or water service resumes, these precautionary measures should be followed:

1. Flush the building water lines and clean faucet screens.
2. Purge all water-using fixtures and appliances of standing water and ice such as refrigerator ice makers or coffee makers.

Community Consolidated School District 46 is advising students to bring bottled water to school Jan. 9.

Lefty Ruggiero January 08, 2014 at 05:18 PM
Just called to let my neighbor know and she said she received a robocall. I never received a call. I'm always laughed at for stocking up on distilled water, food, paper towels, TP, and detergent. Always be prepared.
karen christopher January 08, 2014 at 08:32 PM
There was low water pressure at 4:00 am when I took my shower. Mr Ellis, maybe you should make sure your public works checks the lightbulbs.
Doug Daluga January 08, 2014 at 08:48 PM
Pressure was low(ish) at 9 pm Tuesday when I showered.
marilyn January 09, 2014 at 12:03 PM
so wait, they said it was 48 hours. Is that not accurate now?
karen christopher January 09, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Does it bother anyone else that this is getting no press coverage? I have seen it maybe once since yesterday.
Cornbread January 09, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Does it bother me? No. Is this front page hard hitting news which should lead on Ch5 at 6pm? No. Do you see the signs around the neighborhood? Yes.
Cornbread January 09, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Marlyn - you can read updates, can't you? The updated information says 36-48hrs. Too hard to understand?
marilyn January 10, 2014 at 08:34 AM
cornbread really, do you always have to be so dang snarky? It was a simple question, no attitude required.
Cornbread January 10, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Learn to read.

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