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Brainerd boil order lifted late Monday

A Brainerd Public Utilities order for city residents to boil their water before using it to drink or cook, lasted for nearly 27 hours before being lifted just after 9 p.m. Monday.

A Brainerd Public Utilities order for city residents to boil their water before using it to drink or cook, lasted for nearly 27 hours before being lifted just after 9 p.m. Monday.

The precautionary order was put into effect 6:25 p.m. Sunday due to a break in the water main south of Brainerd near Linden Lane, BPU Superintendent Scott Magnuson said Monday.

Normally the high water pressure in the water main line repels foreign contaminants, Magnuson said, but the water main rupture lowered the pressure to the point where it opened the possibility of harmful bacteria such as E.coli from the surrounding water and soil being sucked into the water system.

"It's very highly unlikely, but we have to go through the motions here to make sure it's safe," Magnuson said.

As of Monday afternoon, BPU hadn't dug down to find out how severe the break was, as the line was in a saturated ground area near a swamp. Once the area was "dewatered," it would take about a day to repair the line, Magnuson said. Hopefully, dewatering would begin Tuesday, he said.

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In the meantime, all Brainerd residents had access to water as the BPU had isolated the break, he said.

"That was good news," Magnuson said.

BPU performed Bac-T bacterial testing on the city's water supply.

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