Sherman Plaza residents are being told they shouldn’t drink the water in their condo units — at least until test results are available Thursday morning.

In an e-mail message to building residents, the condo tower’s management company says that a plumbing contractor discovered blue-colored water draining from a cut water supply pipe inside one of the condo units.

Sherman Plaza residents are being told they shouldn’t drink the water in their condo units — at least until test results are available Thursday morning.

In an e-mail message to building residents, the condo tower’s management company says that a plumbing contractor discovered blue-colored water draining from a cut water supply pipe inside one of the condo units.

A city plumbing inspector took samples of the water for testing, and the management company advised residents this afternoon not to drink the water or use it for washing.

City water officials say there is no risk from the incident to the commercial tenants in the Sherman Plaza building or to the rest of the city.

The management company’s message says bottled water is being provided at the management office and that building’s fire sprinkler systems are not affected by the issue.

They say there have been no reports of any illnesses as a result of the situation, and there’s no confirmation that the water supply actually is contaminated.

Cross-contamination or cross-connection of water supplies can occur in a wide variety of ways, as explained in this document from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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