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Hyde Park, U. of C. No Longer Under 'Boil Order' Sunday Afternoon (UPDATE)

By Alex Nitkin | August 30, 2015 1:02pm | Updated on August 30, 2015 4:21pm
 As of Sunday morning, the University of Chicago is still under a boil order
As of Sunday morning, the University of Chicago is still under a boil order
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HYDE PARK — Residents in an area of Hyde Park including most of the University of Chicago campus no longer need to boil all tap water after being under a "boil order" for much of the weekend, city officials announced Sunday.

As of 3 p.m. Sunday, water tests came back "clean, as expected," according to Chicago Department of Water Management spokesman Peter Scales. "We are heading back to the area to canvass and tell everybody that the boil order is rescinded," he said.

The city recommends residents flush their water lines by running cold water and hot water for 3 to 5 minutes each. Hot water should be run long enough to clear out a residence's hot water heater so it can refill. Residents with automatic ice dispensers should allow the machine to create a couple of batches then throw them out, Scales added.

The University and city announced the boil order Saturday after an installed water main was not properly flushed Friday evening. The area affected extended from 56th Street in the north to 59th Street in the south, and from Dorchester Avenue in the east to Cottage Grove Avenue in the west.

"The Chicago Department of Water Management is working with city and state agencies to complete water quality tests this afternoon," according to the news release Sunday. The city notified the University around 3 p.m. Sunday of the clear water quality test results.

University of Chicago students and faculty were sent an emergency alert via text and email when the issue was ordered Friday night, according to Jeremy Manier, a University of Chicago spokesman.

City workers then posted notices residences inside the affected area, according to a Universiy of Chicago official.

Scales said city officials and contractors would be going door-to-door to inform residents of the all-clear.

For more information, residents and members of the University community can call the City of Chicago's non-emergency number at 311 or 312-744-5000.

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