It was a difficult Thanksgiving for the suburban village of Robbins. Multiple major water outages have left dozens of residents with little or no running water.
Mayor Darren Bryant said two broken water mains now affect more than 100 residents, including him.
“We take our basic need for water for granted, but the infrastructure is dysfunctional and crumbling,” said Bryant. “I am calling out to governors, state senators… I am calling out to Jesus… Ask someone to help the people.”
The mayor said the price tag for bringing the village’s water system up to standard could be more than $40 million.
Authorities are delivering cases of water to people affected by the broken water mains and hope to have water restored within the next day or two.
Additional issues are being assessed, and the mayor also said a third major break may have occurred.
Robbins is just 3 miles from Dixmoor and has experienced a number of water-related problems in recent months. Broken mains, low water pressure, and problems with the village pump system all contribute to problems that authorities deal with, and state legislators have called for the rebuilding of the infrastructure problems causing the breakdown. have been asked to allocate funds for