Water main repairs completed

By Denise Jackson

February 11, 2014 Updated Feb 12, 2014 at 1:46 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The boil order effecting thousands of Peoria and West Peoria residents has been lifted.

The boil order was the result of a massive water main break in downtown Peoria Monday morning. Illinois American Water spokesperson Karen Cotton said the water main is between 70 and 100 years old.

"Age plays a factor, but so does the weather, also the condition of the mains and what their material is. So we do have a main replacement program that we have in place," Cotton said. "What we saw was that it was in fairly good condition. It's just that with the freeze it did cause there to be impact on the main causing it to break. It's hard to predict where a main may break so that's the nature of our infrastructure."

Road repairs resulting from the water main break will begin Wednesday.

Traffic detours will remain in effect until further notice.

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