CHICAGO — A boil order is in effect after thousands of homes, businesses and schools temporarily lost water service Thursday morning on the city’s Far Southwest Side.
Matt O’Shea, 19th Ward Alderman, says a 110-year-old water pumping station in Roseland went offline. ComED was conducting maintenance in the area. The disruption lasted about two hours. There were some discrepancies on whether a power outage occurred in the city. Officials say some residents lost power. ComED denied a power outage took place.
Beverly and Morgan Park were the area primarily affected.
Water services have been restored for some, but city officials are warning people they need to boil water before consumption.
“When we have low pressure, we worry contaminates could have gotten in the lines. It’s unlikely, but we are zero risk people, so we issued the boil order so the contaminates would be killed by the boil,” said Andrea Cheng, deputy commissioner for the Department of Water Management. “Five minutes of boiling means you’re killing anything that could possibly be alive in the water.”
The boil order may be rescinded as early as Friday morning, city officials added.