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Peoria Dealing With Major Water Main Break

Illinois American Water crews continue to work on a major 30" water main break at the intersection of NE Jefferson and Abington Street on Peoria's north side.
Peoria Area Water Issues Update: (Monday -12:00PM) Illinois American Water crews continue to work on a major 30" water main break at the intersection of NE Jefferson and Abington Street on Peoria's north side. 

11:00 AM Update:  Statement from Illinois American Water:

Illinois American Water is experiencing a large main break at the intersection of NE Jefferson and Abington Street.  A 30-inch transmission main is out of service and crews are working diligently to assess the situation.  As a result, many customers in the area are experiencing an interruption in water service.  Customers in other areas of Peoria are experiencing a drop in water pressure due to the effect of the break on the distribution system.  

Customers affected are advised that once water service is returned a boil water order will be in effect.  Any water to be used for drinking or cooking should be brought to a rolling boil for 5 minutes prior to consumption.  Water is OK for bathing, washing and other common uses.

Anytime water pressure falls below 20 psi, a boil order is issued as required by Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  It is standard practice for a boil order to be in effect for 36 hours after water service is restored.

New Information:  Peoria District 150 reports seven (7) schools impacted by the water main break. Lunches had already been prepared and not impacted. The district is bringing in bottled water and hand sanitizer for this afternoon.

Quest Middle School - Early release at 11:50AM and Quest High School early release at Noon because of the water main break.

Caterpillar Impact: Currently, there is no water service to a number of Caterpillar Inc. downtown buildings, including AB, AH and LC. We have advised Caterpillar employees located in the downtown campus area who work out of one of these offices or any other impacted building to not use the water or bathrooms and exit the building as soon as possible. We have asked all impacted employees to work from home for the remainder of the day. The Caterpillar Visitor Center is closed to the public and will remain closed until the water has been restored and the city has declared it safe for use. We will communicate further information to our employees as it is available.

UnityPoint Health - Methodist & OSF- Saint Francis - Bringing in bottled water.

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