Illinois American Water conducts annual flushing in Woodridge

Illinois American Water said it began flushing water mains and hydrants in the Santa Fe Service Area Sept. 8 and is scheduled to continue flushing until the end of September.

According to Illinois American Water, the annual flushing of the water distribution system helps ensure high-quality water service. Flushing the water system entails sending a rapid flow of water through the water mains. As part of the flushing program, fire hydrants are checked and operated to help ensure fire protection in the community.

“Flushing of the water distribution system is performed every year primarily to remove sediment in pipes. An annual flushing program helps to keep fresh and clear water throughout the distribution system,” said Michael Smyth, senior manager of field services and production for the Chicago Metro District.

Illinois American Water said signs will be placed in neighborhoods where flushing is occurring so residents are aware of the system work. While the flushing program is underway, customers may experience a slight drop in water pressure or temporary water discoloration.

Customers should refrain from doing laundry during the time of day the flushing program is taking place in or near their neighborhood. If tap water is discolored, it is recommended that several cold-water faucets are allowed to run for a short time until the water runs clear. Using more than one faucet allows the water to clear faster.

For more information, visit or call IAW’s customer service center at 1-800-422-2782.

Mystery writer to Skype with Lisle library group

Popular mystery author Hank Phillippi Ryan will be discussing her 2014 novel “Truth Be Told” via Skype during a book discussion at the Lisle library on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

This event, hosted by the library’s “Murder Among Friends” book discussion group, is open to the public.

While this is her first Skype session with the group, Ryan visited the Lisle library back in June 2013 to discuss her novel “The Other Woman.”

“What could be more fun than talking with a group of readers,” said Ryan. “It’s my complete pleasure and delight. Plus, I grew up in Chicago… my father was the music critic for the old Chicago Daily News. So essentially, it’s talking with my hometown family.”

The author of seven mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: five Agatha awards, an Anthony, Daphne, Macavity, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award.

For more information or to register for the event, email, call 630- 971-1675 ext. 1503 or visit



Registration for October art show open to Woodridge artists

The Woodridge Public Library is inviting Woodridge artists to register for the 15th annual Woodridge Art Show being held in October.

This popular show gives Woodridge residents 18 and older a chance to display up to three original pieces of art. Artists may sell up to eight unframed works on paper or canvas. Beginners and experienced artists are welcome.

A registration form and information for participants is available at or at the circulation desk of the library, 3 Plaza Drive.

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