Ashland water woes over

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Associated Press

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Ashland have lifted a boil water advisory that affected more than 50,000 customers.

The Independent (http://bit.ly/1nrXJGK) reports the decision Monday came as a relief to officials and residents in the area.

"This has been a good day,"?Bitter said Monday. "We've been waiting for this for a few days now."

The advisory had been in place since January 29. It was issued after widespread water line breaks caused by the freeze-and-thaw winter weather cycle which left water tanks low.

The newspaper reports the boil water advisory led one retail establishment to close and others were forced to serve bottled or canned drinks. While the advisory was active, the city distributed about 700,000 bottles of water at an estimated cost of $100,000.

City manager Ben Bitter says all line breaks have been repaired and water tank levels are stable. He said the system's water pressure levels became high enough on Sunday that crews were able to take samples for testing. Results from the tests showed the water was safe to drink.

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Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com

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