The Village of Morton has a plentiful and safe supply of drinking water. Our water is pumped daily through wells from a sand and gravel aquifer located approximately 300 feet underground. Once this well water enters one of our three water treatment plants, it is filtered, softened, and disinfected prior to being distributed for consumption. The water we pump from our treatment plants has been constantly good quality for many decades.
The water supply distribution system which conveys drinking water from the treatment plants to the consumer, through a series of interconnected pipes, has seen a cumulative effect of mineral and biological buildup along the walls of the water main. This has resulted in the occasional detection of total coliform bacteria. These bacteria only indicate that conditions could exist that would allow harmful bacteria to grow. Toxic or fecal bacteria have never been detected in our drinking water. When coliforms are detected, a boil water advisory may occur until disinfection and retesting can confirm that the risk of contamination has been eliminated.
The Village has been working with the IEPA in taking necessary steps to eliminate the buildup. The steps to clean the water pipes include use of a new non-toxic chemical feed in conjunction with system-wide flushing from fire hydrants. This project may take an extended period of time to complete.
During this process, there is a chance that precautionary boil orders may be needed. Such boil orders are an inconvenience but consumers need to be aware of these possibilities to avoid surprise and allow steps to lessen their impact. People with severely compromised immune systems, infants, and some elderly may be at increased risk. Residents who fall into one of these categories should seek advice from health care providers regarding drinking water.
The Village will maintain open communication concerning this matter through the Morton Village website (www.morton-il.gov), Comcast channel 22, iTV-3 channel 23, and through mailings in utility bills.
The Village of Morton will hold a public meeting on this matter on Wed., Sept. 3, 2014 at 6:00pm at Freedom Hall, 349 W. Birchwood St., Morton, IL, 61550. For more information, please contact Craig Loudermilk, Director of Public Works, or Bob Burton, Superintendent of the Water Treatment Department, at (309)266-5361.