Park Forest Enacts Village-wide Water Boil Order

Updated July 5, 2019, 4:03 p.m. This article is un-metered, no subscription necessary to read. Please share freely.

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Village of Park Forest has enacted a village-wide water boil order effective immediately. Reverse 911 calls are going out now to all registered for the notifications.

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Residents are advised to use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Bring water to a rolling boil, and boil it for five minutes and let it cool before use. 

This mandatory boil order began on July 5, 2019, at approximately 3:15 p.m. and will remain in place through – at earliest – Monday morning.

Residents should boil tap water for 5 minutes before using it for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation. Alternatively, bottled water should be used for drinking or cooking during this period.

The mandatory boil order does not mean all Village water is contaminated. The issuing of this mandatory boil order is in response to one routine sample taken in Park Forest failing to meet IEPA standards. As a result, residents should take proper precautions until further test results show no further incidents of failed water samples.

The cause of this failed water sample is currently unclear and crews are investigating.

Park Forest plans  to take 31 samples from around the community over the next two days to determine the quality of the water throughout the Village.

Updates on the mandatory boil order will be provided when the advisory has been lifted.

For questions, please contact Park Forest’s Public Works Department during normal business hours and the Park Forest Police Department at 708-748-4801.

The full reverse 911 message follows:

This is an important notice from the Village of Park Forest sent July 5, 2019 regarding a Village-wide water boil order. 

Due to an issue discovered during routine sampling, the Village has issued a mandatory water boil order. You are advised to use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Bring water to a rolling boil, and boil it for five minutes and let it cool before use. 

The Village will notify you as soon as it is no longer necessary to boil your water. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation. 

See the Village’s website for any further details.

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