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Metro East businesses make adjusts during recent boil order

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Thousands of people in the Metro East are under a boil order for the second time in January. (Credit: KMOV) Thousands of people in the Metro East are under a boil order for the second time in January. (Credit: KMOV)

(KMOV) – Thousands of people in the Metro East were under a boil order until Thursday for the second time in January.

The order affected Illinois American Water customers in East St. Louis, Sauget, Cahokia, Alorton, Caseyville and Centreville.

The order began on Wednesday and ended late Thursday afternoon.

Customers visiting a diner in Sauget were being charged 75 cent for a cup of water due to the boil order.

“We have the plastic silverware because we do that for our to-go orders anyway but the plates, the cups, the ice machines can’t make ice,” said waitress Carly Dawe.

Workers pretty much shrugged off any inconvenience so did one of the diner’s regular customers.

“It don’t bother me, the food’s good that’s all that matters,” said Mike Sheriff.

Water main breaks and the corresponding low water pressure which makes the boil orders necessary have continued to plague the area.

Illinois American Water issued a boil water order which affected thousands of customers, including the diner.

“That’s why we were more prepared today than a couple weeks ago because we have some leftover paper producer which made it easier for us today,” Dave Schaltenbrand, manager.

Illinois American Water says wholesale customers were not affected.

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