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UPDATED: Rend Lake Water Plant Pipe Breakage To Impact Rural Washington County Water Customers


Friday, May 18:

(See screenshot above) The alerts on Washington County Water Company’s website have changed. The request to conserve water for customers east of IL-127 has been lifted and they state that there is no boil order for their customers.

The latest alert (9:47 a.m., Friday, May 18, states:

The Washington County Water Company has lifted the conserve water request for our customers east of State Rt. 127. There is NO boil water order for our customers as well, even though many Rend Lake Water Customers are under a boil order we are not.

Original Story Below

Thursday, May 17:

A pipe breakage on Wednesday night shut down The Rend Lake Inter-City Water Treatment Plant, which services more than 60 southern Illinois communities and thousands of customers.
On of the major wholesale customers for their water is the Washington County Water Company, which now has an alert on its website stating:

All Washington County Water Company Customers living east of State Route 127 are asked to immediately begin conserving water used for drinking and cooking only. This is due to the Rend Lake Water District having a major water line break within their water plant. We will keep you updated as the situation changes.

Other nearby communities affected by the breakage include Mt. Vernon and DuQuoin, as well as a multitude of communities further to the south.
We will update this story with new updates and any comment from Washington County Water Company if a representative can be reached.
WCWC’s website:
The alerts page from the Rend Lake Conservancy District:

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