Tap water is once again safe to drink in the Oldsmar area.
The city lifted a four-day-old boil water order late Tuesday.
"Lab analysis of multiple samples showed no contamination," the city said in a statement on its website. Residents also received an emergency phone call.
An elusive water main broke Friday night or early Saturday, which led to a citywide drop in water pressure. The boil water order was issued as a public health precaution.
Utility crews spent all of Saturday and a good part of Sunday searching for the rupture. Ultimately, a good Samaritan located the broken pipe near a Tampa Road office complex.
It was essentially hidden, the city said, because storm drains were channeling away the excess water at a rate of 4,000 gallons per minute.
MEET THE CULPRIT: http://www.myoldsmar.com/Pages/Docs/Meet_the_Culprit.pdf
The city estimated the pipe leaked four million gallons of drinking water. The discharge wound up in Old Tampa Bay. Crews are trying to determine what caused the eight inch wide pipe to snap.
Oldsmar residents had been urged to boil water for one minute prior to consumption. The city had opened two emergency water distribution sites during the outage.
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