Brown water safe to drink in Edwardsville

News-DemocratNovember 6, 2013 

— The water in Edwardsville may look brown but it's safe to drink, officials said Wednesday.

City Administrator Ben Dickmann confirmed a break in the 14-inch water main that runs from the water treatment plant to Booster Tank No. 1. Dickmann said the booster had to be taken out of service, putting all of Edwardsville on Booster Tank No. 2.

"That's causing the pressure to force water in directions it might not normally flow, and it's disrupting the lines to a certain extent and creating what looks like tinted brown water," Dickmann said.

But there is no boil order, and the water is safe to drink, he said. "We've had it checked and the chlorine levels are good," he said.

The city flushed hydrants on the northeast end of town to move the water through the system faster, and Dickmann said residents can also flush their lines by running water in their homes.

Booster No. 1 will be offline until the end of the week, as the water department is waiting for delivery of some equipment to make the repair, Dickmann said. But the brown water should be gone by late Wednesday, he said.

Water for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the village of Glen Carbon does come from the Edwardsville water treatment plant. However, they are on different systems and should not be affected, Dickmann said.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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