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Broken St. Paul water main fixed; boiling advisory lifted


St. Paul officials said Sunday that a broken water main that sent 1.75 million gallons of water into Lowertown streets just before midnight Friday has been fixed, the Star Tribune reports.

Steve Schneider, general manager of St. Paul Regional Water Services says as a result, residents no longer have to boil tap water before drinking it.

Schneider says the lifting of the boiling advisory came after consulting with the Minnesota Department of Health.

The 20-inch water main ruptured before midnight Friday on Wall Street between 5th and 6th Streets near the Farmers Market. The break left businesses in a two-block radius without water service.

Service was disrupted for residents downtown, as well as in West 7th and lower West Side neighborhoods.

A Water Services official tells KARE-TV that the break was caused by the water main being old, cracked and fatigued.

See KARE's video on the water main break below.

St. Paul's water main break comes more than an month after a 36-inch water main break in the city of Minneapolis sent 14 millions of gallons of water downtown. The rupture is estimated to cost the city $325,000.

The break happened when construction workers accidentally struck the water main.

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