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Boil water advisory lifted for Anchorage

  • Author: Madeline McGee
  • Updated: December 2, 2018
  • Published December 2, 2018

Anchorage water officials have ended the precautionary boil water advisory that has been in effect for the area since Friday’s earthquake.

Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility declared tap water throughout Anchorage “safe for all uses” in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon. The agency said it has been testing water samples throughout the Anchorage water system for bacterial contamination.

“Findings from those tests have confirmed that the water system is operating normally and was not contaminated as a result of the earthquake," the agency said.

The agency said it will continue testing the water to ensure its quality, especially in areas where mainline breaks have occurred.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has advised those who get their water from private wells to test the water for contamination, especially if the water is cloudy with sediment. After the water clears, well users should disinfect it with chlorine bleach as a precaution, the department said.

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