You may take it for granted, but when you turn on the faucet and nothing comes out, that can be a problem.
That happened for many residents in Hull, Illinois Wednesday and although the water is back on, the hassle isn’t over.
Officials said this all started shortly after 9 a.m. when an Adams Fiber crew hit a water main near city hall, and cut off service.
That cut off service for a few hours and led to a 48 hour boil order. But while you may hear about boil orders a lot, Hull Water Operator Bill Bainter said it’s not something to take lightly as breaks can mean dangerous contaminants like lead, bacteria, and more could be lurking in the water.
Bainter said once you get the all clear, it’s still important to flush pipes in your home.
“They should wait a couple hours after the water is restored to give the city a chance to make sure they flush the distribution system, then open up all their faucets and probably take 5-10 minutes to flush them, especially ones they use for consumption,” said Bainter
He said there are precautions they take on their end, but taking these precautions make sure you and your family stay extra safe.
The boil order out now is specifically for Hull, Illinois. Bainter said it isn’t just lead they’re worried about, other metals in water like copper have also proven to be dangerous as well.