A city emergency worker hands a pallet of bottled water to a neighbor at Ridge Park. Parts of the Far South Side were put under a boil order July 10, 2024. Credit: Crystal Paul/Ecoglobalsociety

CHICAGO — A boil order has been lifted for Beverly, Morgan Park and Auburn Gresham neighbors 28 hours after it was enacted.

A water main break at the Roseland Pumping Station forced the boil order, the third for the Far South Side neighborhoods in three years. Neighbors were notified the order was lifted via an emergency alert at 6 a.m. Thursday.

The high-pressure water main break happened as Chicago saw torrential storms Tuesday night, and neighbors reported their water had been shut off or their water pressure was significantly diminished as storms doused the area.

An emergency text alert sent to Far South Side neighbors affected by the boil order. Credit: Provided

The water main was fully repaired by 11 p.m. Tuesday, but officials opted to implement the boil order out of an abundance of caution, Water Commissioner Randy Conner said.

In an emergency alert, officials said the boil order was lifted because microbiological samples analyzed by the Department of Water Management's Water Purification Labs verified the water is safe to drink.

For homeowners who haven't used their water for six hours or more, water department officials say it's important to flush plumbing for five minutes to remove sediment, rust and metals.

During the boil order, volunteers handed out free water at Ridge Park in Beverly donated by several organizations, including the Red Cross, Salvation Army and the city’s Office of Emergency Management. Nonprofit My Block, My Hood, My City also delivered water to affected neighbors.

This is at least the third time in recent years Far South Side residents have had their water supply impacted by issues at the Roseland Pumping Station.

In May 2021, residents of Beverly and Morgan Park were under a 24-hour boil water notice after the Roseland Pumping Station shut down. The pumping station at 347 W. 104th St. shut down again May 25 of that year. While the water department blamed ComEd for that outage, the city’s inspector general determined the issue was caused by a problem with city equipment.


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