How to Properly Boil Water for Safe Drinking
A boil order has been announced for the entire Prairie Dupont Water District due to a 20-inch water main break in Sauget.
A representative with American Water said repairs are currently being made on the water main but in the meantime a waterboil is effecting roughly 250 customers.
The Prairie DuPont Water District serves roughly 2,814 customers and is based in East Carondelet.
The boil order is expected to last 48 hours.
“Anytime water pressure drops below 20 pounds per square inch in any part of a community’s distribution system, a boil order must be issued as a precaution to protect customers,” an alert from American Water stated.
American Water asks anyone who needs to use water to bring it to a rolling boil for 5 minutes before using it for drinking or cooking. Bathing, washing and other activities are considered risk free.
Metro East Municipal Joint Action Water Agency customers also are being asked to boil their water as a precaution.
The Belleville News-Democrat will update this story as it develops.