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posted: 11/12/2012 5:26 PM

Algonquin deals with water and sewer issues on same day

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Algonquin's public works department had its hands full Monday while it worked to fix two major issues.

Workers hustled to fix a water main that ruptured late Sunday night or early Monday morning in Towne Park, where construction of the Algonquin Bypass is ongoing, Public Works Director Bob Mitchard said.

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And an unrelated electrical problem at the village's wastewater treatment plant at 8 p.m. Sunday flooded the pumps with raw sewage and caused water damage to their electric components, Mitchard said. The power issue also interrupted the control of the pumps and, for some reason, they didn't reset as they normally should. Mitchard knows of two basements on Oceola Drive near the Fox River that experienced flooding.

Workers were trying to get everything pumped out and controlled, as well as relieve sewage backups in the system.

Meanwhile, it's still safe to drink tap water without boiling it, Mitchard said.

He also said it's very possible the electrical issues at the treatment plant are related to Sunday night's storm.

"It was right around that time," Mitchard said of the problem. "But again, that's conjecture."

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