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Water back on in Mascoutah amid water main break; boil order remains in affect

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(Credit: KMOV) water main break has prompted city officials to declare a boil order for the entire area of Mascoutah.  (Credit: KMOV) (Credit: KMOV) water main break has prompted city officials to declare a boil order for the entire area of Mascoutah. (Credit: KMOV)
MASCOUTAH, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

A water main break has prompted city officials to declare a boil order for the entire area of Mascoutah, Illinois Friday.

Residents of Mascoutah are asked to boil water for at least 5 minutes before consuming. It is not yet known when the boil order will end. 

In a Facebook post, city officials said the water would be shut off immediately in order to make repairs on Friday. 

The water was estimated to remain shut off for up to eight hours, from 9 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Saturday.

The water shut off on Friday caught fisherman Jerry Caliper by surprise.

 "I fished all day, [and] I got home at 9 [p.m.] and I was going to wash my hands off, no water pressure and I couldn't take a shower or a bath, so I had to go to bed stinky [and] smelly," said Caliper.

He was grateful by the time he woke he could get clean again.

"I took a hot bath. I have one of those tubs with the jets and I sat in that this morning, so it was wonderful."

The nearest grocery store in Mascoutah is Tom's Supermarket. They remained open under the boil order, but management tells News 4 they requested an unscheduled delivery of bottled water for the day to make sure they had enough for customers while the boil order is in place.

"They had a lot more water than I thought they would. I thought people would be up here buying all of it, but I got a good deal," said Alex Dauper, a Mascoutah resident who bought a 24 pack of bottled water Saturday morning.

Mascoutah McDonald's is also continuing operations under the boil order. However, management tells News 4 they are unable to offer soda, tap water and coffee. Customers can still purchase sweet tea and cold brew coffee because staff is using bottled water to make it.

Customers can purchase bottled water from them as well. 

City officials have not released any details on what caused the water main break and will not receive test results until Tuesday.

This is a developing story. News 4 will update as more information becomes available.

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