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MANSFIELD -- A citywide water boil advisory has been lifted, effective Friday at 7 a.m., according to Public Works Director Dave Remy.

"Water sample test results relative to the citywide boil advisory have all come back negative for contamination. Therefore, said boil advisory has been lifted as of 7 a.m. today, January 3, 2020," Remy said.

The boil advisory began Tuesday at 6 p.m. At the time, city officials said there was no known problem with the current water quality and  the boil advisory was a precautionary measure for the potential of bacteria formation.

City workers installed a bypass water pump at the plant on Lexington-Springmill Road, needed to do the maintenance work. 

Because the pipe that will go into the water for the bypass pump is a foreign object, it has a possibility of introducing bacteria into the water system.

Any time there is a potential for contamination, a boil advisory is issued until bacteria samples are collected and tested to ensure the absence of bacteria., as required by the Ohio EPA.

That testing required 24 hours once the work was complete, which was Thursday morning, when the sample was taken for testing.

Water treatment plant manager Bill Wallace said it's really no different than an isolated water main break somewhere in the city that could impact a small area.

In this instance, it's coming directly from the water treatment plant, so the boil advisory was citywide.

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