Citywide boil order issued for Kewanee residents

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A city-wide boil order has been issued in Kewanee.

The City of Kewanee Water system said on Thursday, July 17, 2014 that all water users should boil their drinking water or use bottled water until further notice. They cancelled the boil order on Friday, July 18.

A spokesperson from the water system said the Drinking Water Alert was issued because for a period of time on Thursday morning, low water levels in the elevated water storage tanks caused pressure in the water distribution system to drop below 20 p.s.i.

Since that drop in pressure, the tank levels and pressures have returned to normal.

For the next 48-72 hours, any water used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and preparing food should be boiled for 3-5 minutes.

“Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses),” said a spokesperson from Kewanee Water System.

The water system will issue a notice of termination when the boil order is lifted.