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Tampa Rescinds Boil Water Notice After Tests Show No Signs Of Contamination

City of Tampa
Workers complete repairs on a damaged water main at the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility.

The boil water notice was lifted Thursday morning after two rounds of tests verified the water is safe to drink.

The city of Tampa has rescinded a boil water notice that was issued earlier this week.

Tampa Water Department officials announced Thursday morning that the notice, which was issued following a water main break on Monday, is no longer in effect.

Officials say the notice was lifted after the Tampa Water Department conducted two rounds of tests that confirmed adequate disinfectant levels and verified the water is safe to drink.

The notice impacted customers in the city of Tampa along with some Hillsborough County communities that receive their water from the city.

It went into effect Monday afternoon after an outside contractor hit a 36-inch cast iron transmission main coming from the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility that was installed in 1941, officials said.

The first round of water quality testing on Wednesday, from samples collected at nursing homes, hospitals and highly populated areas, showed no evidence of contamination, according to the Tampa Water Department.

Satisfactory results of a second round of tests came back Thursday morning.

Officials suggest that businesses reopening their facilities or using their water for the first time in several days should run their taps before using it for cooking or drinking.

The damage resulted in the loss of 12 million gallons of water, officials said.

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