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Communities wait on results to lift boil orders

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**UPDATE:  May 22, 2018 8:45 a.m.**

WSIL -- The following is a list of boil orders that have been lifted so far:

Akin

Benton

Blairsville

Bush

Buckner

Cambria

Carterville

Christopher

Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge

Coal Valley

Corinth

Du Quoin

Ewing-Ina

Ferges

Freeman Spur

Hamilton Co. Water

Hill City

Herrin

Johnston City

Marion

Mt. Vernon

Mulkeytown

Moore Prairie Township Water Co.

Northeast Mt. Vernon Water

Orient Water

Pittsburg

Plumfield Water

Royalton

Sesser

Thompsonville

Waltonville

West City

West Frankfort

Zeigler

**ORIGINAL STORY**

WSIL -- Several communities are waiting for the results of water quality tests in order to lift boil orders.

Sunday, the Rend Lake Conservancy District ended their request for residents to conserve water and announced that their water quality was safe to drink. Now, it's up to each community to test the safety of their water before they can lift boil orders.

Franklin County has also lifted its burn ban countywide, but several other communities still encourage residents to hold off until their reserves are at full capacity. 

Mt. Vernon Mayor, John Lewis, says this entire crisis has taught him how important water is for everyday operations. 

"One thing that just got reinforced to me through this crisis was how important water is. When you don't have water, everything stops.  Everything had to shut down. The hotels, every business, the schools. We were able to supply nothing to the citizens, so the whole town shut down," said Lewis.

Communities are now waiting for the results from water quality tests so that they can lift the boil order that's been in place since Thursday evening. Lewis says not a single resident has been left unaffected. 

"Our citizens don't have any drinking water. The schools, the restaurants, the hospitals, don't have potable water, so until that boil order is lifted just about every business and establishment in the community is affected some way or another," Lewis said. 

Mt. Vernon expedited their process by sending their water samples to a Metro-East lab. Lewis expects results Monday morning. Lewis says smaller communities, like Waltonville, Woodlawn, and Bluford, that receive water through Mt. Vernon, will have to wait until the city is given an all clear before testing their water. That could mean smaller communities have to wait longer for boil orders to be lifted.

Other communities like West Frankfort, Benton, Carterville, Herrin, and others also tested their water Sunday, sending water tests to labs in Benton and Carbondale. Those cities hope to see results within 24 to 48 hours. City officials say they're thankful for how tirelessly the Rend Lake Conservancy District worked to rectify the situation. 

"We really appreciate the efforts of the conservancy district, round the clock work to get this thing resolved.  It was a big task for a lot of folks involved, hats off to all of them," said Herrin Mayor Steve Frattini. 

Communities are asking residents to be patient as they await those results and continue to respect the boil order until they are confident the water is safe to drink. 

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