CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- The boil order that was put in place Sunday as a result of a water main break has been lifted at Eastern Illinois University along with the rest of the city.

Josh Reinhart, EIU public information coordinator, said it was announced around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday via Alert EIU that the boil order has been lifted for the university.

Eastern had an extended order longer than the rest of the city as a safety precaution, Reinhart said.

The boil order was implemented across the entire city Sunday but had been discontinued Monday except for EIU, according to Charleston police.

Charleston police stated that the campus operates its own water system and must test its system independently from the city's system.

The campus receives its water from the city through a water distribution system, police noted in a post. Therefore, the university system needed to be tested in addition to the city's to ensure the safety of the campus community.

The main break occurred about 9:15 a.m. Sunday on Douglas Drive near Alan Drive, north of Lincoln Avenue, according to Charleston police Lt. John Bennett.

City work crews were at the scene but the time needed for repairs led to the initial boil order, Bennett said previously.


Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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