Originally Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2014, 3:40 pm
Last Updated: Feb. 13, 2014, 4:59 pm

Boil order issued for part of Rock Island

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ROCK ISLAND - A boil order has been in place in Rock Island for the area from 7th Avenue south to the Rock River and 11th Street east to the Moline border.

A statement from the city said numerous water main breaks had caused "an unexpected drop in system pressure."

All water used for drinking and cooking should be boiled until further notice, the statement said. Pressure to the system was restored and city crews are continuing to repair multiple water main breaks. The precautionary boil advisory is expected to be lifted in 24 hours. 

The boil order area covers a large part of the Augustana College campus including the Center for Student Life. College staff were making preparations Thursday afternoon to arrange for the delivery of bottled water, ice and juices, according to an email sent to students.

The recent cold weather followed by warmer weather Thursday has provoked large numbers of water main breaks across the Quad Cities.