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posted: 1/8/2014 5:34 PM

Grayslake issues boil order for drinking water

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Grayslake has issued an emergency boil order for drinking water after losing pressure in its pipeline.

Officials announced the water system lost significant water pressure at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, lasting about a half-hour. Some homes and businesses had little to no water pressure.

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Village employees identified what caused the water pressure problem and corrected it.

However, because of the pressure loss in the water system, the boil order was issued Wednesday afternoon until further notice. It's expected to last at least 36 hours, officials said.

During the emergency boil order, bottled water should be used for drinking, cooking, washing fresh fruit and vegetables, washing hands and brushing teeth. If bottled water is not available, the affected tap water should be used for those purposes only after it has been boiled for five minutes.

Officials have used several ways to spread word about the boil order, including communitywide telephone messages, Grayslake's official website, news releases, Facebook and Twitter. Notification signs regarding the boil order have been placed along major village thoroughfares, in addition to individual notices going to high-water users including schools, hospitals, restaurants and day-care centers.

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