Dixmoor Officials Hope to Receive State Disaster Declaration Amid More Water Main Breaks

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Officials in suburban Dixmoor say that another of the town’s water mains broke over the weekend, leading to calls for the state of Illinois to declare the village a disaster area.

A series of broken mains has caused numerous issues in the town’s beleaguered water systems, forcing boil orders to be issued and school buildings to be closed as workers have tried to repair the problems.

Last week, workers were able to repair enough mains to restore regular water service and to reopen schools, but with each new water main break, village officials say that state intervention may be necessary to help solve the problem once and for all.

“We need some help in our community,” President Fitzgerald Roberts said in a statement. “These breaks keep happening and we can’t anywhere to fix these problems as long as the breaks keep occurring. I’m hopeful we can get the village of Dixmoor declared a disaster area and we get some emergency funding to address these issues.”

In late August, a series of three water main breaks forced the closure of schools in the village, and although buildings were able to reopen within a matter of days, breaks have continued to occur in different parts of the water system.

Last fall, Dixmoor began to experience issues with its water supply, with low water pressure and water filtration issues causing significant problems that took weeks to be restored.

Aging infrastructure in the community has continued to bedevil workers as they attempt to solve the issues, and problems just kept coming over the weekend when a water main broke along Woods Street, a main described as a “major artery” to the rest of the village.

Even still, no boil order has been issued, officials said.

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