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Crews working to repair Mt. Vernon water leak

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UPDATED 7:43 a.m. SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019

Water services have been restored to customers in Mt. Vernon.

City officials released an update Saturday morning informing residents that the city's water system pressures are back to normal and customers can begin regular water usage.

All customers should have full water service except in a few areas where crews are repairing leaks.

A city-wide boil water order remains in effect.

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019

The water leak in Mt. Vernon has been found. Millions of gallons have been escaping the city’s water system since Tuesday.

Friday afternoon, Jefferson County Coroner Roger Hayes noticed some clear water in a creek. Police followed a trail of water to a ruptured line in a wooded area north of Woodglen Acres.  

Crews turned off the valves on both ends of the line, and water slowly started returning to the city’s towers.  

The city is going to start restoring water service soon to areas that were disconnected earlier Friday. Everything has to be done slowly so they don’t cause any more water line breaks.  

A boil order is still in effect.

UPDATED 2:56 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019

Officials with the City of Mt. Vernon say they believe they have found the leak. The leak was on a remote 10” main north of Woodglen Acres on the east side of Interstate 57. Crews are isolating the leak and watching water pressures and towers.

City staff is developing a plan at this time to restore the system. It will not be restored immediately. Please do not visit this location while the crews are working. The boil water order remains in effect until further notice.

UPDATED 2:15 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019

Crews are at Woodglen Acres, a subdivision off North 42nd Street, where a large amount of water is gushing out of the ground. The plan is to test the water to see if it is the source of the major leak. 

UPDATED 12:30 p.m. FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019

The City of Mt. Vernon says it now has seven smaller water leaks that have developed. The leaks were reported at:

16th & Lamar
24th & Lamar
State Route 37 & Woodland
S. 22nd between Lamar & Conger
3114 Mulberry
709 S. 22nd 
Industrial Drive


MT. VERNON (WSIL) -- Mt. Vernon city leaders are still asking businesses and residents to conserve water. 

Crews are isolating areas of the system and testing water supplies to try to find the major leak. Four other leaks have developed, caused by fluctuations in water pressure. The city says those leaks will be taken care of after the main leak is fixed.

The Rend Lake Conservancy District is providing 4,000 gallons of water per minute to Mt. Vernon. If the conservancy district can not sustain that volume, Mt. Vernon will have approximately 14-16 hours of water left in its tower.

"This is a complex and difficult situation, and we feel confident we will be able to resolve this. The City employees have been working around the clock, as well as private companies and Rend Lake Conservancy District, to find this leak as soon as possible," stated an update on the city's Facebook page

The water crisis is affecting businesses and organizations in town. Some restaurants, doctor's offices and clinics have closed. The Aquatic Zoo will also not open this weekend as planned.

In a post on its Facebook page, Continental Tire in Mt. Vernon said it is helping provide water to the two hospitals in town.

The city of Mt. Vernon and surrounding communities - Waltonville, Woodlawn, Dix/Kell, Northeast, Belle-Rive, and Bluford - are under a boil water order until further notice. 

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