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Benton boil order expanded after water line break

  • City employees work to repair a water line break near the 400 block of West Church Street in Benton Thursday afternoon. A boil water is in effect for parts of Benton until further notice.

    City employees work to repair a water line break near the 400 block of West Church Street in Benton Thursday afternoon. A boil water is in effect for parts of Benton until further notice.
    Photo courtesy of Wesley Tucker

  • This is the scene at 403 W. Church Street in Benton just before 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon.  City officials have confirmed a water line break and issued a boil order for area residents.

    This is the scene at 403 W. Church Street in Benton just before 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. City officials have confirmed a water line break and issued a boil order for area residents.
    Photo courtesy of Wesley Tucker

 
 
updated: 7/27/2017 5:47 PM

UPDATE: August 2, 2017 12:52 p.m.

The boil order necessitated from last week's water line break has been lifted.

Benton Water Superintendent Craig Miles posted the update on the city's Facebook page around noon. According to Miles' message, the repairs, flushing, and purification steps have been completed. "Water samples have been confirmed to be free of any coliform bacteria by a certified lab," wrote Miles. "You may return to normal use of your water."

*Boil Water Order LIFTED*

It is no longer necessary for customers to boil your water along the area at the 500 and 600 blocks of West Main Street, as well as West Church Street and West Webster Street area.

A water main break occurred on Wednesday evening of last week on the corner of West Church and South Pope. The repairs are complete and the necessary flushing and purification verification steps have been completed. Water samples have been confirmed to be free of any coliform bacteria by a certified lab. You may return to normal use of your water service.

If you have any questions, please call us at the Benton City Water Department at 439-6131. We apologize for any inconvenience.

- Craig Miles

Water Superintendent

City of Benton

UPDATED July 27, 2017 6:28 p.m.

The city of Benton has extended the boil water order issued after a water line break earlier this afternoon.

The break occurred near the 400 block of West Church Street.

"A boil water order is now in effect for all water customers from DuQuoin Street to South Main and from Washington Street to Hudelson," a message posted on the city's Facebook page says.

That same message also states that anyone who may have experienced low pressure during today's break should adhere to the boil order as a precaution.

Water department crews remain on the scene. Drivers should be aware that the intersection of Church and Pope Streets is currently closed.

Officials expect the boil order to continue until Tuesday.

City officials plan to keep the Facebook page and city website up to date to notify citizens when the boil order is lifted.