Southern Illinois faces water shortage as Rend Lake Conservancy District rushes to fix broken pipe Just got word they still can get the main distribution pipe fixed and the bypass pump is only minimally working. At the current rate of use my water district will be out of water reserves by 5pm CST. This affects a HUGE area and many towns and water districts had ran out of their reserves at noonish. There are mad dashes to every store that might have bottled water and some reports of fights breaking out in some stores over the last jugs of water in stock. Kind of sad that this is just starting and no one is going thirsty yet. But the first signs of insanity have started showing up. We use the Hamilton County Water District Water for laundry, doing dishes and have to use it in the commercial kitchen. For drinking, bathing, irrigation and livestock we run s secondary system off the well with a valve that can transfer the water flow into the other lines if needed. So no water shortage on this farm. They have tried for 2 days to patch the pipe and it blew out every time they pressurized it (Cough hire a pipe fitter that actually knows how to weld would be my solution ) Now they have cut the entire section out including the backflow valve and the first attempt at pressurizing it yeah blew out when it was pressurized (See my solution ). Once they do get it repaired, I have heard from a friend involved that the water is going to be nasty, stink and be under a boil order for 3-5 days. It will also take 3-5 days to fully fill all of the water distribution lines and return full water service. Going to be a lot of stinky people walking around The real moral of the story here is............ By the time you hear about a disaster (And even though minor in the grand scheme of things this is a disaster). It is too late to prepare for the disaster. The Government has it all under control and there will not be a disruption is what we initially were told............. Folks really need to stop swallowing everything they are spoon fed and take a little time to see to their own well being instead of relying on one 36" water distribution line that pumps water to the bulk of the towns and communities in SI. If this were a wide spread disaster and there were not semis full of water bottles heading into the area, in about 3 days from now the bodies would start piling up. Now I am going to go take a nice long shower and the pitcher of iced tea I just brewed should be just about cooled down..... And then site on the porch drinking it and wondering what compels people to be dependent sheep.