WORCESTER (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – Worcester officials have lifted a boil water ban that was put into effect on Monday after a water main break prompted the shutdown of the city's water gates.
Crews collected samples in Worcester on Tuesday and brought them to a state-certified lab to be analyzed. Results reported Wednesday morning found that all of the 41 samples collected were free of total coliform bacteria, meaning they met all drinking water quality standards.
Chlorine, a disinfectant added to the Worcester water supply, was also detected at the sampling sites, indicating the water supply is adequately protected.
With the lifting of the boil order and full restoration of water system pressures, residents and businesses in Worcester and surrounding communities can resume normal activities relative to the city's water supply.
The 30-inch water line ruptured on Chandler and May streets, right in front of Worcester State University Monday afternoon. The university cancelled classes for Tuesday and Wednesday while the city declared a two-hour delay for all public schools. Worcester State University would be reopened Thursday, school officials said.
Crews worked throughout the night and into the early morning on Tuesday to repair the broken main.
If any water problems persist, residents should call Worcester DPW&P Customer Service at 508-929-1300.