ROBINSON, Ill (WTHI) - A water main break that left some Crawford County folks with dirty water has started clearing up.
As of Monday morning, homeowner Delbert McCrory's water looked clear.
A few days ago that wasn't the case.
"All of our water here turned black as coal and it was pretty much all over town that way, I think," said McCrory.
Friday morning just outside McCrory's house, a water main, the main line leading from the water plant to the water tower, broke.
Workers were forced to pinch off the pipe in an effort to fix the break.
Michael Catt, Manager of the Robinson-Palestine Water Commission said, "When they shut that off, the water flows out around the broken spot and goes through the pipes in different directions. That alone will be enough to stir up the water and get it all dirty."
The dirty, discolored water has cleared up since then in Robinson; however, it spread to towns throughout Crawford County.
Catt said the Water Commission tried everything to flush out the pipes but that only made matters worse.
"Everything we did to keep the system supplied stirred up more and more dirt and it is the dirtiest I have ever seen it. I mean I never dreamed it had that much dirt," said Catt.
Catt stated the water is safe for everyone to drink, but they don't recommend it due to the amount of iron in the water. He mentioned it could upset people's stomachs.
As for the fourteen homes surrounding the busted pipe, those homeowners are under a boil order until further notice.
Catt said, "It's just a matter of time because we stirred it that bad. We got miles of 75-year-old cast iron pipe and we stirred it good."
The Water Commission is advising people to avoid doing laundry with the discolored water, suggesting that it can stain clothing.
Catt said they hope to have the boil order lifted within the next couple of days.
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