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Boil order lifted in Village of Malta

The Village of Malta issued a drinking water boil order after the Tuesday ice storm led to power outages in the area that affected water treatment equipment.
The Village of Malta issued a drinking water boil order after the Tuesday ice storm led to power outages in the area that affected water treatment equipment.

MALTA – The boil order in the Village of Malta was lifted as of 10:35 a.m., according to the village's website.

Officials had issued a drinking water boil order for the entire village and the Prairie Springs subdivision, according to the village's water operator.

J.C. Roach, water operator for the village, said the boil order was in effect due to a water treatment equipment malfunction after power outages happened in Malta during Tuesday's ice storm. When the power went out, he said, workers discovered there was a glitch in the generator that is supposed to automatically turn on when the power goes out and didn't do so for about 10 minutes.

As a result, Roach said, the water that went through the equipment fell just below the 25 pounds per square inch pressure requirement set by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. He said this isn't the worst thing that could happen to warrant a boil order, but he wanted to be sure the village followed the law for the safety of its residents.

"It's just precautionary," Roach said.

The order included water for drinking, making ice cubes, washing foods, brushing teeth or any other activity involving water consumption, Roach said. 

Whenever a boil order is issued, water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes to make sure it's safe for consumption, according to a post previously on the village's website. Boiled water may be stored at room temperature or refrigerated in a closed container until it's ready to be consumed.

Malta Elementary School officials said in a Facebook post Wednesday they requested students to bring their own water to school to drink this week, since they wouldn't be able to drink the water at school. The post says bottled water was being brought in, as well.

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