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The water is back on in Rock Falls, but there's a boil order.  It's been a busy 24 hours for the team working to fix the problem.  A pump at a sewer substation stopped releasing raw sewage and that triggered concern that something may have gotten into the water. The water is not contaminated, but a the city will remain under a boil order until Sunday. This water emergency left businesses with no choice, but to close their doors.

" I'm just ready for things to get back to normal and being able to use the water," Lisa Wolf with Arthur's Garden Deli said. "We closed at 5:30. We normally close at 10."

 Wolf says Thursday is one of their busier days and closing early caused the restaurant to lose out on money, but says they are making up for it today.   

"I would say we lost at least a couple hundreds, if not more than that. At least 500 because we're really busy at night," Wolf said.  "It's just good to see everyone still out and spending their money in Rock Falls and not going "it's been busy. People aren't worried about the boil order. They're trusting we're doing the correct thing."

The correct thing includes taking extra precautions when under a boil order.  It's the job of Whiteside County health inspector, Jeff Deets.  He's been out visiting area restaurants making sure they're in compliance because it could be a potential health hazard.  

 "They're not going to be using most of all their dishes. Everything needs to be throw away--single use items. They need to boil the water before doing any kind of sanitizing of dishes," Deets said.  "Most of the restaurant owners understand. They're making sure they don't want to make anybody sick either."