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Old infrastructure, water main breaks leave Robbins’ residents with low water pressure on holiday

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Village of Robbins, Illinois (WLS) — In the southern suburb of Robbins, dozens of households had their water cut off on Thanksgiving Day, and work began to cut off another water main in the village.

While on vacation, utility crews began work on a temporary fix to get the water back up and running. However, the mayor said it would take much more time to confirm that the fix is ​​permanent.

“I can’t even flush the toilet, or do anything,” said Latonya Lattimore, who lives in one of about 100 homes affected by this latest major earthquake. I can’t even fill it with water.”

It all comes down to infrastructure. The town’s pipes are old and require millions of dollars to repair.

People said it’s a familiar problem they’re dealing with, but for all the cooking that needs to be done at Thanksgiving, the timing isn’t ideal.

Mayor Darren Bryant said, “This is not a Robbins issue, it’s a state and federal issue when we’re talking about infrastructure.

Mayor Robbins has issued a petition for help as Southern Suburbs deal with water problems.

About 100 households have low water pressure and hardly any taps.

“Very frustrating,” said Robbins resident James Collier. “I can’t wash the dishes. There are a lot of things I can’t do without water, especially during Thanksgiving, when I’m trying to cook.”

Robbins’ mayor said there have been two water main breaks in the past week. The latest was near 135th Street and his S. Plaski Road, where he saw 20 water main breaks dating back to February.

“This is an ongoing problem that we see in many minority and socioeconomic communities across the country,” said Mayor Bryant.

Today, village leaders handed out cases of water to neighbors as some families were looking for alternative ways to eat Thanksgiving dinner at the table.

Any little helps, especially for those who are trying to keep up with holiday cooking.

“It takes a long time to prepare meals, which is very inconvenient,” said fellow resident Sonya.

The city is working on temporary fixes to resolve the situation by Friday, but ultimately the mayor said the village’s aging infrastructure will require about $40 million in repairs. I was.

“It consists of a water heater, a six-inch meter valve, and a pump station that is always on,” said Mayor Bryant.

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Tina Mitchell said, “I brought some bath water and ran to the store and back.

This is a problem we have seen elsewhere in the region. Neighboring Dicksmoor faces similar problems, and leaders are calling for infrastructure upgrades.

Both communities are asking for solutions and financial support.

“Many communities are going through the same thing because the pipes are very old and need to be replaced. Yes, we need federal help,” Collier said.

“I’m paying my own money, my bills, so I don’t think this is right at all. You should be running my water, right?” Lattimore said.

Village leaders hope the water will be restored and working by Friday, but a boiling order could follow, which could mean a few more days of inconvenience for those residents. there is.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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