Dixmoor water problem, boil order reach 9th day; fire hydrants serve as temporary fix

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DIXMOOR, Ill. (WLS) — A lot of bottled water has been used in Dixmoor since the boil order went into place nine days ago.

There’s still no timeline for the water pressure issues to be fixed. Public officials have used fire hydrants as one solution. They are being used to route water from Blue Island to Dixmoor. It will take some time before residents get full pressure coming out of their faucets and shower heads, and officials stress it’s far from a permanent solution.

Dixmoor resident Jeremiah Davis said he doesn’t have any complaints.

“They giving us water,” Davis said. “I got something to drink; I can clean my body and I’m still alive.”

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Resident Theresa Nelson looked to other solutions to water pressure issues.

“I bought those shower heads that you use for low pressure water,” Nelson said. “And it made the shower just kind of regular.”

Officials said the main water line from Harvey to Dixmoor is the problem, with old infrastructure creating holes in the pipes. Officials believe federal money will be needed to permanently fix this issue since infrastructure in the village is over 100 years old.

The boil order remains in place for now, and students will start remote learning Monday morning.

Officials gave an update on the issue Saturday.

“It’s important to note the boil order remains in effect; water cannot be ingested in the village of Dixmoor until a line from Harvey is restored,” said Bill Barnes with Cook County Emergency Management.

Volunteers passed out bottled water in the neighborhoods, and there was plenty more available at Village Hall.

“The engineers have identified a stretch of pipe, so they know where to look. Once that problem is solved, they can get in and repair it,” Barnes said.

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October 24, 2021 at 06:16AM

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