Residents in Macomb are being asked to conserve and boil their water after a power outage at the water plant on Tuesday.
Macomb Mayor Mike Inman says because technical difficulties and the recent flooding, the city's water supply is running extremely low.
The boil and conservation order is not only taking a heavy toll on residents, but restaurants too.
Over a dozen water jugs now line the counter-tops of the Macomb Family Diner.
Owner Melissa Bustamante says because of the sudden boil and conservation order she had to rush out and buy over 60 jugs of water just to keep the restaurant up and going.
"We have to boil water to mop the floor, we have to just be really careful with just everything, to make sure that there's no water, I'll bleach out the three well sinks with the bottled water," said Bustamante.
Bustamante says water is essential in nearly everything the restaurant makes-- from the popular cream of broccoli soup to the coffee.
Bustamante says she even had to go out and buy 18 cases of canned soda to keep up with demand.
Macomb Mayor Mike Inman says he sympathizes with restaurant owners like Bustamante.
But says the part that's needed to fix the city's broken water pump only arrived in Macomb around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, as it had to be flown in from another state.
"That part is a unique one of a kind manufactured part for our system, and the supplier is in the state of Michigan."
Inman says a technician will install the part, and the city will re-gain about a third of the city's water supply.
Meanwhile at the Macomb Family Diner, Bustamante says despite the extra cost, and extra efforts needed on part of her staff, it's all worth it in the end to serve her customers.
"I think we're handling it the best we can, keeping our hands clean and making sure the water is the way it should be, and things are safe for our customers because that's who are important to us," said Bustamante.
Mayor Inman says the earliest that the conservation order would be lifted is sometime this evening, and the earliest the boil order would be lifted is Friday.
Until then, local grocers in Macomb tell WGEM they have plenty of bottled water available.
The city is asking residents to limit the use of water in all aspects of daily use.
The boil and conservation order is also in effect for Colchester, Bardolph, Tennessee and Western Illinois University.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WGEM. All Rights Reserved.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Donna Vancil at 217-228-6617. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.