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Boil water order issued in parts of 3 South Side Chicago neighborhoods to ensure safe drinking water

CHICAGO — A boil water order was issued Wednesday morning for parts of the Beverly, Morgan Park and Auburn Gresham neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side due to a water main break Tuesday night at the Roseland Pumping Station.

A city spokesman said the water main break was not related to flooding caused Tuesday night by heavy rains.


The boil water order affects homes east of Sacramento Avenue, north of 119th Street, west of I-57, south of 87th Street and southwest of Beverly Avenue. Residents can pick up free bottled water at Ridge Park, 9625 South Longwood Drive.

The city is asking residents to boil water for at least five minutes to ensure it is safe for consumption. Boiled water can then be stored at room temperature or refrigerated in a closed container until needed.

This includes water for drinking, washing food and dishes, brushing teeth, or any other activity that involves water consumption. Water used for washing clothes, watering the lawn, or showering does not need to be boiled.

The city says the water main is back up and running and fully pressurized and that the boil water order will be lifted as soon as Chicago Department of Water Management water testing verifies it is safe to drink without boiling.