The Town of Normal lifted its boil order early Saturday evening. Officials said testing showed that the town's water quality was not compromised in the wake of a water main break late Thursday.
Normal officials said the boil order was lifted effective 5:15 p.m. Saturday after completion of testing of water samples. The laboratory testing confirmed that the water quality was not compromised, officials said.
Saturday's announcement was welcome news to residents and businesses disrupted by the boil order. Some restaurants in Normal were closed or offered limited service. Unit 5 school district took extra precautions Friday after waking up to news of the water main break, which led to flooding at Epiphany Catholic School. Epiphany hosted a fish fry on Saturday night, hoping to offset out-of-pocket cleanup expenses.
Epiphany shared photos of the damage to the school on its Facebook page:
Repairs to the damaged main were completed about 4 p.m. Friday. Water samples were collected from the system and tested for approximately 24 hours, leading to Saturday evening's announcement.
Due to the size of the break, the water system pressure dropped to a level that required the townwide boil order. This boil order was precautionary, but required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Residents can call the Normal Water Department at (309) 454-9563 if they have further questions.