BUCKLEY — A boil order that had been in place since Tuesday was lifted Thursday afternoon.
ERH Enterprises, a Westville-based company contracted to maintain and operate Buckley’s water system, lifted the boil order about 1:30 p.m., according to Sean McBride, assistant director of operations.
McBride said ERH was able to lift the boil order after water samples came back clean from the Aqua Illinois lab in Danville, where they were tested for the presence of bacteria.
The replacement of about 17 feet of water main — in which a hole blew Tuesday morning, prompting the boil order — has also been completed, McBride said. Since Tuesday, ERH had about “half a dozen” workers replacing the section of water main in front of the water plant on South Railroad Avenue, McBride said.
“Tuesday is when we had the break,” McBride said. “We had actually fixed one leak (on the same water line) on Monday, and then on Tuesday a hole blew out of a main about 6 feet away from where we repaired the first leak. So we were able to repair (the first leak), but then it blew another hole a few feet from that.
“We got it all banded Tuesday night, and (on Wednesday) we isolated an area and cut out about 17 feet of main. We cut it out and put a new section in.”
The problematic water main is 80 to 90 years old and is “not in real good condition,” McBride said.