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Up to $20M needed to fix Village of Dixmoor, IL water supply issues as main break spurs boil order, president says


DIXMOOR, Ill. (WLS) — A water leak on Spaulding Street in Dixmoor has resulted in low water pressure in most of Dixmoor, according to Village President Fitzgerald Roberts.

The Village initially had to shut off water to the Village, but they were working on a solution to get at least low water pressure to residents while the break is being repaired, Roberts said.

“We are working to get this situation resolved as quickly as possible,” Roberts said. “The Trustees and our Public Works Department are working around the clock to fix the problem and restore pressure to the Village, and it is my hope we can have everything fixed before the end of the day.”

Roberts said it’s an 8-inch water main break that happened around 7:00 a.m. and caused the water pressure to be very low across the village. He said the break has been repaired, but the village won’t likely have water until later Sunday night, adding that there is a boil order in the village at least until Monday. He said he believes it will take $15 million to $20 million to fix Dixmoor’s water supply issues. He added that someone from the governor’s office and county officials have already reached out to him about fixing the issue.

RELATED: Dixmoor under boil water notice after water main break, village president blames Harvey

Last year was a long one for the people of Dixmoor, from the pandemic to water supply issues that had the village under a boil order for over a week back in October 2021. Those issues stemmed from old infrastructure that has been creating issues with the Harvey water supply which is fed to Dixmoor.

RELATED: Village violated contract by laying off public works employees before Dixmoor water problem: union

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been a key advocate in Dixmoor’s push to resolve its water supply issues.

In December 2021, Preckwinkle said there are still long-term issues with Dixmoor’s infrastructure that could damper the town’s water. She said the county plans to fix that by using some federal funds through the American Rescue Plan.

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