Water OK to drink in Brainerd again

Brainerd, Minn., residents can now drink their water without boiling it first.

Tuesday evening the boil water order was lifted after a second battery of tests came back clear of bacteria.

Previously: Water works: Chlorination questions resurface in Brainerd

Late last week a thunderstorm swept through the Brainerd area, knocking out power to the city water facility. After the water system lost pressure, a test carried out by the Minnesota Department of Health found bacteria.

Since then, residents have been under a boil water order while city crews flushed the system with chlorine. On Monday, the health department ran a second battery of 40 tests.

According to the Brainerd Public Utilities website, all those tests came back negative for bacteria.

The Brainerd system will continue to chlorinate for a month.

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