ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR)- Crews from St. Charles and St. Peters have repaired the broken water main that left the two cities without half of their water supply. Despite the fix, the boil order and mandatory conservation order are still in effect.
The reason for the delay is the need to get tests back that have been conducted after the repair. Also, it takes time to get water pressure back to a proper level.
“That’s what we’re waiting for is to make sure the water is clean and safe and everyone has enough to use,” St. Peters spokesperson Lisa Bedian said.
Businesses in the area have been impacted in a variety of ways. One St. Charles McDonalds was forced to bring in an emergency truck so they could sell canned soda and bottled juice. The soda fountain is turned off.
Meanwhilethe Main Street Diner in St. Charles was locked up. A sign outside told customers they were closed due to the boil water order. It was frustrating for would-be customers.
“A cup of coffee was sounding good and we’re also hungry,” Joe Kalin said in the parking lot.
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Water supplies are currently building back up in both cities. Customers of Missouri American Water are not impacted by this situation.
Officials hope to lift the boil order and conservation order sometime on Monday.
Boil order instructions:
1. Boil water vigorously for three minutes prior to use. Use only boiled water for drinking, brushing teeth, diluting fruit juices and all other food preparation or consumption. Use of bottled water may be a feasible, though relatively expensive, alternative to boiling tap water when under a boil water order.
2. Do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker or use any ice made with unboiled water from this system. Remake ice cubes with water that has been boiled or buy ice.
3. Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
4. Let water cool sufficiently before drinking.
Water used for hand-washing or bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing or using backyard pools so water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.