Second outage hits water pumping station for Southwest Side — but no boil order is issued

But city officials said they will test samples from the Roseland Pumping Station “out of an abundance of caution.”

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For the second time this month, a water pumping station that serves the Southwest Side lost power Tuesday, affecting the pressure of drinking water in Beverly and Morgan Park.

But unlike the earlier outage at the Roseland Pumping Station, no boil order was issued though city officials said they will sample the water “out of an abundance of caution.”

The Chicago Department of Water Management said “two power issues” affected water pressure between 9:15 a.m. and 10:10 a.m. Tuesday. ”A boil order is not being issued because of the temporary nature of the issue,” the agency said.

It added that the cause was under investigation.

A spokesperson for ComEd said the company did not have a power outage at the station and did not perform work at or near the station.

“We have offered the assistance of our engineering team to investigate the cause of the interruption,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Our review of the pumping station outage earlier this month concluded there was no loss of power to the station.”

An outage hit the same station on May and a boil order was issued for a day. City officials said then that the outage occurred during maintenance performed by Commonwealth Edison, though the utility said it was not responsible for the problem.

Ald. Matthew O’Shea (19th) called on the city’s Office of the Inspector General to investigate the recent issues at the pumping station and provide recommendations.

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