UPDATE: ROCK FALLS (WIFR)-- The Rock Falls Police Department has announced that the 12th avenue Pump Station is fully functional and the water service will be restored at 830am Friday.
A Boil order will still remain in effect until Sunday morning February 16th. Bottle water will also still be distributed at Rock Falls Community Building, Rock Falls High School and Middle School and also Thome School. The city will also continue to have portable restroom facilities available that these four locations until water has been completely restored.
ROCK FALLS (WIFR) -- An emergency situation in Whiteside County tonight, after the City of Rock Falls Sanitation Department experiences an infrastructure failure.
Nearly 9,000 people in the City of Rock Falls are being asked not to use their bathrooms or laundry facilities. Right now, the Rock Falls Water Department has shut off all service to the city in an effort to prevent any more damage to the sanitation system.
Officials say residents who are on private wells should not use the sanitation system. It’s unclear when water service will be restored.
The Whiteside County Health Department has order all schools, businesses, restaurants and bars to temporarily close because of the sanitation situation.
An emergency operation center has been set up at the Rock Falls City Hall, 603 W. 10th Street. City officials are working to set up bathrooms and a water distribution center.
Rock Falls officials say updates will be posted on community service TV channel 5.
Happy Tails Humane Society is reporting that it is not affected by the current water shutdown that is affecting the City of Rock Falls because they have a well. They tell us water supply at the shelter has not been affected, nor has the care of the animals.
If you have no water, visitors are welcome to come out to Happy Tails until 8:00 p.m. Thursday night. The humane society will reopen at 8:00 a.m. Friday and stay open until 12:00 p.m.
Those who live in Rock Falls and need water are welcome to come visit the animals, fill up some water jugs, and use the Happy Tails restroom.
We will continue to update you as we learn more.