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Mandatory water conservation measures issued for Illinois American Water customers

Mississippi River rising in Grafton and Alton

Flooding scenes from Alton and Grafton, Illinois where the Mississippi river is rising. The river is expected to crest at almost 32 feet Monday May 6th, 2019 in Grafton, 6 feet below the historic 1993 flood.
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Flooding scenes from Alton and Grafton, Illinois where the Mississippi river is rising. The river is expected to crest at almost 32 feet Monday May 6th, 2019 in Grafton, 6 feet below the historic 1993 flood.

Illinois American Water has issued mandatory water conservation measures for multiple metro-east communities due to the impact of potential flooding from the Mississippi River.

In a news release, the company said metro-east customers are required to restrict all non-essential water use until further notice, and refrain from non-critical water use, such as running sprinklers, dishwashers and washing machines. Customers have also been asked to avoid filling bathtubs if at all possible and to use showers instead.

According to Karen Cooper, senior manager of field operations and production for Illinois American Water’s Southern division, an agricultural levee broke south of Illinois American Water’s Chouteau Island intake facility. The incident, which occurred near Granite City, caused damage to the facility’s infrastructure. No evacuation was required. The levee that broke was not the federal levee that protects the American Bottoms.

“Our team reacted quickly and is working to complete critical repairs,” she stated. “While this work is completed, customer conservation of water use is critical to maintaining water service for customer needs including sanitation and fire protection. We thank our customers for their help and cooperation.”

The following communities, which are served directly by Illinois American Water, have been told to follow the measures:

  • Belleville
  • East St. Louis
  • Granite City
  • Madison
  • Venice
  • Centreville
  • Brooklyn
  • Fairmont City
  • Sauget
  • Shiloh
  • Washington Park
  • Alorton
  • Cahokia (from Commonfields of Cahokia Public Water District)
  • Swansea
  • Canteen Township
  • St. Clair Township
  • Stookey Township
  • Smithton Township
  • Nameoki Township

Other communities, which Illinois American Water wholesales to, are also affected. Those include:

  • Scott Air Force Base
  • O’Fallon (which provides water to Fairview Heights)
  • Caseyville
  • Millstadt
  • Metro-East Municipal Joint Action Water Agency (Commonfields of Cahokia Public Water District and City of Columbia)
  • Mitchell Water District
  • Pontoon Beach Water District
  • Waterloo
  • Bond Madison Water Company (which serves Livingston, Hamel, Worden, Williamson, Pierron, Pocahontas, St. Jacob, Grantfork, Marine, Three County Water District and Alhambra)

The Alton service area has not been affected, the release stated. Customers will be notified when the conservation measures are no longer required.

Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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