Utility lifts boil water advisory for parts of Maplewood, eastern St. Paul

Leaky faucet
Water drips from a faucet. Residents in parts of Maplewood and a small part of St. Paul are being asked to boil their water as a precaution following a loss of water pressure.
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Updated: Aug. 9, 11:15 a.m.

Saint Paul Regional Water Services has lifted a boil water advisory that had been in effect for nearly a day in parts of Maplewood and a small part of eastern St. Paul.

The utility said late Tuesday morning that testing showed the water was — and remains — safe for drinking.

The advisory was issued Monday afternoon as a precaution, after a power outage knocked a pump station offline. That resulted in a drop in water pressure, and there were concerns that contaminants might have gotten into the pipes.

But the utility said Tuesday that testing has confirmed the water is safe, and there is no longer a need for residents in the affected areas to boil water before drinking or cooking. It said power has been restored to the pump station, and water pressure has returned to normal.


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Residents in parts of Maplewood and a small part of eastern St. Paul are being asked to boil their water as a precaution, after a water pumping station lost power around midday Monday.

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Saint Paul Regional Water Services said there's a chance that the loss of water pressure may have allowed some contamination to get into the system, though there was no evidence of that as of Monday afternoon.

“We are dedicated to providing safe water for our customers and are taking this step out of an abundance of caution,” Patrick Shea, general manager of the water utility, said in a news release.

The affected area is generally from Conway Avenue on the south to Holloway Avenue on the north, and from Beebe and McKnight roads on the west to Century Avenue on the east. A map showing the exact details of the affected area can be found here.

Customers in those parts of St. Paul and Maplewood are being asked to boil water for three minutes before using it for cooking, drinking or brushing teeth — or use bottled water until the advisory is lifted.

The advisory is expected to be in effect at least 24 hours, as crews work to restore water pressure and conduct water quality testing.