The village will continue daily testing of the water until the requirements of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) are met. Nine out of 10 water samples passed Friday, according to the IEPA.
With the ongoing water quality issues, Illinois American Water (IAW) will adjust treatment change, which includes flushing water mains and fire hydrants. Together, these will improve water quality and fire protection to homes and businesses.
As the treatment change is occurring, residents may experience a more noticeable chlorine taste or odor in the water. This is due to the switch in chlorine type and is no reason for concern. The stronger disinfectant, known as “free chlorine," is commonly used in public works systems and doesn’t contain ammonia.
While the fire hydrants are being flushed, avoid using water and doing laundry. Using water during this time may result in discolored water entering the plumbing and staining your fabrics. If this happens, do not use hot water, but instead run cold water until the discoloration subsides. This may require flushing of cold water from multiple taps.
If your water pressure appears to lower after this process, clean the faucet aerator. The mineral deposits may obstruct flow, resulting in lower pressure.
During this period, fire hydrants will be evaluated for functionality, repaired if needed and flushed. As the fire hydrants are flushed, mineral deposits are removed. The removal of mineral deposits is critical in maintaining water quality.
Contact the Glen Carbon Village Hall at 618-288-1200 if water discoloration or pressure problems continue.
If you or someone you know is in need of water delivery, contact the non-emergency number for the Glen Carbon Police Department at 618-288-7226. For additional information, visit www.glencarbonil.gov.