St. Paul boil water advisory lifted

9:48 PM, Feb 10, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The water in downtown St. Paul is now safe to drink, according to the St. Paul Regional Water Services.

The boil water advisory was lifted around 5:30 a.m. Sunday after it was determined that there was no harmful bacteria contaminating the water.

"Customers can resume normal water usage," said Steve Schneider, general manager of the St. Paul Regional Water Services. "The water distribution system's service and pressure have returned to normal."

Early Saturday morning, crews responded to a water main break on Wall Street between 5th and 6th Streets in downtown St. Paul. Officials estimate 1.75 million gallons of water spilled from the broken main into the streets, sewers and river. They believe the water main cracked due to fatigue.

St. Paul Regional Water Services first advised that no one in the downtown area use any water while officials tested the water for harmful bacteria. Around mid-afternoon Saturday, it was determined that water could be used as long as it was boiled first.

The water main is repaired and is expected to be returned to service later today.

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