Village of Malta issues drinking water boil order

February 7, 2019

MALTA – The Village of Malta has issued a drinking water boil order for the entire village and the Prairie Springs subdivision, according to the village’s water operator.

J.C. Roach, water operator for the village, said the boil order is in effect due to a water treatment equipment malfunction after power outages happened in Malta during Tuesday’s ice storm. When the power went out, he said, workers discovered there was a glitch in the generator that is supposed to automatically turn on when the power goes out and didn’t do so for about 10 minutes.

As a result, Roach said, the water that went through the equipment fell just below the 20 pounds per square inch pressure requirement set by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. He said this isn’t the worst thing that could happen to warrant a boil order, but he wanted to be sure the village followed the law for the safety of its residents.

“It’s just precautionary,” Roach said.

The order includes water for drinking, making ice cubes, washing foods, brushing teeth or any other activity involving water consumption, Roach said. 

Water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes to make sure it’s safe for consumption, according to the village’s website. Boiled water may be stored at room temperature or refrigerated in a closed container until it’s ready to be consumed.

Malta Elementary School officials said in a Facebook post Wednesday they requested students to bring their own water to school to drink this week, since they wouldn’t be able to drink the water at school. The post says bottled water was being brought in, as well.

The boil order will remain in effect until further notice, and residents will be advised as soon as possible when the order is lifted, the village’s website said. Roach said he anticipates the order to be lifted sometime Thursday morning.