A water main break on 81st Street in East St. Louis has left around 2,000 metro-east residents on a boil order Friday night.
The boil order is just precautionary, said Karen Cotton, spokesperson for Illinois American Water. The company called everyone who was impacted and sent out a Code Red notification to the customers.
Boil orders usually last about 36-48 hours, Cotton said, and Illinois American Water will call customers again once it’s safe for them to drink their water naturally.
Illinois American Water recommends bringing water to a rolling boil for five minutes before drinking or cooking with the water. It’s OK to bathe and wash in the water.
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See the impacted area in more detail in Illinois Ameren Water’s alert.