Boil order lifted in Plainfield after issue forced some schools to go remote


PLAINFIELD, Ill. — A boil order in Plainfield has been lifted Monday night after the issue forced more than a dozen schools in southwest suburban to hold class remotely.

E-coli bacteria was detected in water samples Friday, forcing the boil order. Subsequent tests came back negative, but the village is awaiting results from more samples. 

Sixteen schools were forced to return to virtual learning, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“The Village collected 40 water samples on Saturday, September 11, all of which came back with no signs of Coliform or E. coli bacteria. In addition, 40 more water samples were collected on Sunday and we are awaiting the results of these tests,” the statement read. “If these also come back negative, the Village will be able to lift the boil order once authorized by the EPA.”

Late Monday night, village officials said that residents could resume normal water use.

Village officials offered the following tips to residents:

  • Flush each water line by allowing both the hot and cold water to run for several minutes at each fixture.
  • Clean faucets and aerators.
  • Dispose of any ice cubes.
  • Replace or clean filters on faucet filtration systems or whole house filters per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • To have your water tested at any time, please contact the Will County Health Department.

“The Village and EPA will be conducting a full review of the testing process and boil order,” officials added. “We will share information as updates are available.”

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