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Village of Park Forest - Public Works News

Posted on: August 15, 2019

Letter to residents recaps July boil order

8-14-19 letter

All Park Forest residents this week are receiving a letter in the mail recapping what prompted last month’s boil order. This follow-up letter is a requirement of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Park Forest is not under a boil order and this letter is not alerting you to any emergency.

Park Forest drinking water meets all state and federal regulations and is safe to use and consume. The letter is required public outreach to better educate residents on what occurred.

Residents with questions regarding the letter are encouraged to review the below frequently asked questions.

What caused the water sample to fail to meet standards?
An investigation into the boil order found that the likely source of the failed water sample last month was a contaminated outdoor spigot/tap used to collect the sample.

Did the contamination enter the system? 
No. Contamination was isolated to the Miami and Suwanee sample station. The presence of bacteria was on the exterior of the water system -- on the tap, which contaminated the sample when the water was run -- and was not present in any of the nearly 60 other water samples taken across the Village. 

How often is Park Forest water sampled?
Park Forest conducts monthly routine samples of water, collects 30 samples from across the Village each time, and uses an independent, certified lab to process the water samples.

Is there any connection between Park Forest and other communities experiencing problems with their water?
No. Park Forest has its own water system. Six wells in Park Forest pump water to Park Forest’s own water plant, built in 2007, where the water is treated and pumped to residents' homes.

How do I know Park Forest water is safe to drink? 
Park Forest water must meet all state and federal regulations which it currently does. An independent certified lab tests Park Forest water each month. 

View Park Forest’s annual water quality report here.

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