Vandalism threatens water supply in Will County town
By Susan DeMar Lafferty email@example.com July 21, 2011 8:20PM
Updated: October 29, 2011 12:44AM
MANHATTAN — While excessive heat has caused several municipalities to restrict water use, Manhattan has banned all outdoor watering due to what Mayor Bill Borgo called a “criminal act.”
Someone tampered with a fire hydrant Tuesday night and shut off the water supply to the Well 6 pump house at 520 W. North St. just south of Foxford Drive, village officials reported.
No lawn sprinkling or other outdoor use of village water will be permitted until further notice. Violators face fines up to $750.
The vandalism caused extensive damage to the new well and pump house and has jeopardized a source of fresh water, Borgo said.
“We understand that some will not be pleased with this decision to prohibit the watering of grass or other outdoor plants during this heat wave,” Borgo said. “But we have a duty to guarantee that water is available at all times for our residents to drink and our fire department to use to suppress any fires.”
Manhattan is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Anyone with information can anonymously call Will County Crimestoppers at 1-800-323-6734 or text “WILLCOCS” and a tip to 274637. Calls also may be placed to the Manhattan Police Department at 815-478-4408.
In other heat-related news:
Will County: The Will County Health Department urges area residents to remember that infants, the elderly and chronically ill are especially susceptible when dangerous hot weather persists.
A complete listing of the cooling centers available in Will County can be found at www.willcountyhealth.org.
Crest Hill: The city has limited lawn watering. Residents whose street address is an odd number may water Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Those with even numbers may water Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.