The Village of Grayslake has issued a water boil order, which is expected to remain in effect for the next 36 – 48 hours. Immediately, the Village implemented its procedures to notify the public.
Shortly after 12:30 PM, the Village’s water system lost water pressure. A preliminary investigation revealed that a telemetry system malfunction, possibly caused by the extreme cold temperatures experienced over the last three days, led to the loss of pressure. Immediately upon learning of the malfunction, Village crews responded by overriding the automatic operating system and manually pumping water back into the system. Normal water pressure was restored in less than thirty minutes.
Due to the system-wide loss of pressure, a water boil order was issued in accordance with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) regulations. Information regarding the water boil order was distributed immediately through various communication mediums including the Village’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts, and a community-wide notification phone call. Notification signs have also been placed on major roadways within the Village. Individual notifications of the water boil order were sent to high-water users including hospitals, schools, day care centers, and restaurants.
During the boil order, bottled water should be used for drinking, cooking, washing fresh fruits and vegetables, hand washing, and tooth brushing. If bottled water is not available, the affected tap water should be used for these purposes only after it has been boiled for five minutes.
Information regarding the boil order can be found on the Village’s website at www.villageofgrayslake.com