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Residents in the Town of Normal will see a slight hike in their water bill next month. 

The council approved a two percent increase for the water rate in a 4-3 vote Monday night with council members Kevin McCarthy, Scott Preston, and Kathleen Lorenz voting "no." 

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The Town of Normal is saying five to seven million gallons of water spilled in that overnight water main break.

"About a two-day supply, it looks like," said Dan Irvin, spokesman for the town.

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Epiphany Catholic School is dealing with a "huge mess."

Epiphany Principal Mike Lootens said the water from a main break overnight in Normal was gushing up six or seven feet high and then running straight downhill into the school.

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All water users in the Town of Normal are being told to boil their water before drinking it.

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The Bloomington city council  unanimously agreed to drill water supply wells around Lake Bloomington and Lake Evergreen. At a cost of $170,000, engineering firm Baxter and Woodman Inc. will drill into the St. Peter Aquifer

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Bloomington Aldermen will vote on spending $107 thousand on engineering services to look at the costs of installing water supply wells near Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake.

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Governor Bruce Rauner says concerns raised by the problems in Flint, Michigan about lead in drinking water are very much on his radar.

"There's no question that Illinois people, especially our young people, are consuming some water ... there is no safe level of lead. There is no such thing that I've heard about. There is no such level. We set some random thresholds by the EPA or others," Rauner said.

Rauner said he's instructed Illinois' public health agency to perform an assessment. 

Equinox House Models Rainwater Collection

Apr 18, 2016
Michael Hill / WGLT

An increasing number of people are seeking ways to better conserve water and decrease water contamination. Ty Newell is a retired engineering professor from the University of Illinois.

He's been working to make his home in Urbana a model of conservation and energy efficiency by collecting rain water for use in a range of household purposes. Newell recently gave a tour of his home to WGLT's Michael Hill.

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Dangerous lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water and the prolonged drought in California have caused many communities to examine more closely the safety and the future of their water supplies. Currently Bloomington and Normal have adequate water resources, but experts say another severe drought could result in a shortage.

Midwest To Be Used As Model For Conservation Efforts

Feb 12, 2016
Michael Hill / WGLT

Illinois, Iowa, and Kentucky will be the proving ground for land and water conservation across the United States. The efforts aim to reduce the amount of chemical runoff to keep the land fertile and increase water quality.

Judith Valente

McLean County residents who receive their water from Lake Bloomington and Lake Evergreen believe they will likely face a water shortage as well as water quality issues within the next decade. They are split, however, on whether drilling for a new well, tapping into an existing aquifer, or constructing another surface reservoir similar to those two lakes is the solution.

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In the coming weeks, GLT News will bring you a series of stories on the future of water in McLean County. You'll hear about the quality and quantity of water and update you on potential threats. Reports will explore conservation efforts, and how you can do your part to create a cleaner, more plentiful water supply. And you'll meet the people responsible for keeping our water safe. In this segment, discovers what happens when you flush.