Feds Investigate Report Of Ill. Water Pump Failure

Published November 19, 2011 8:00PM (EST)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal authorities say they're investigating the report of a water pump failure in Illinois' capital city.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Peter Boogaard wouldn't comment on media reports that the failure was the result of hacking.

But he said in a statement that his agency and the FBI are gathering information about the failure and there's no data to indicate a threat to public safety.

Homeland security officials have said in the past that they investigate every piece of intelligence that comes into the agency.

Don Craven, a trustee for the Curran-Gardner Township Public Water District outside of Springfield, Ill., says the water pump burned out earlier this month.

He says the water district has multiple pumps and there was never a break in service to its 2,200 rural customers.

By Salon Staff

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