Macomb, IL – Colchester residents began drinking Macomb water over the weekend. The cities announced they opened the eight-inch main before they had planned to because of warm weather and a dwindling stock of chemicals at the Colchester treatment plant. Construction on the $750,000 project began last winter. Colchester had been having problems with water quality and wanted a better supply. Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead says this gives his town a chance to extend water out to where Route 336 comes to Macomb. He says it could spur development there. In addition, several homes or businesses between the two towns are expected to tap onto the main.