Plainfield School District 202 students back in classroom after lifting of boil order

Students were learning remotely on Monday as the village of Plainfield was under a boil order

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Students at 17 schools in Plainfield District 202 were back in the classroom Tuesday after learning remotely on Monday as the village of Plainfield was under a boil order.

The village announced the boil order on Friday after one sample had tested positive for E. coli. The order was lifted late Monday after 101 water samples came back clean and the village’s water tanks and towers also tested negative. Plainfield Mayor John Argoudelis said there was no problem with village’s water system.

Shortly after the village announced the lifting after the boil order, District 202 sent an email to families stating that students who were learning remotely on Monday would return to in-person learning on Tuesday.

The district also said as a precautionary measure, it flushed all water lines over night in the 17 schools that receive water from the village of Plainfield.

The village said while residents can resume their normal water use, it also said they could take such extra precautions, including:

• Flushing each water line by allowing both hot and cold water to run for several minutes at each fixture.

• Clean faucets and aerators.

• Dispose of any ice cubes.

• Replace or clean filters on faucet filtration systems or whole house filters per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

The village also said it and the Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a full review of the testing process and boil order.

Anyone who wants their water tested at any time can contact the Will County Health Department at willcountyhealth.org.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.