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Topeka Lifts Boil Water Advisory

May 22, 2001

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The city on Tuesday lifted an advisory that citizens boil their water following a weekend storm that knocked out power to the drinking water system.

The advisory, in effect since Sunday night, was lifted after tests showed there were no dangers of contaminants.

``Effective immediately, everyone in Topeka and the surrounding community should feel confident to use their drinking water as they always have without any fears as to its safety,″ said Mayor Butch Felker.

A storm passed through the city Sunday night and the water system lost electricity when lightning hit one of two power supplies; a backup system was inoperable because it was being overhauled.

The boil advisory took effect Sunday at 11 p.m. Water service was restored Monday at 4 a.m., but officials advised people to boil their water until officials tested the water.

The plant supplies about 25 million gallons of water daily to Topeka’s 122,000 residents and thousands of rural customers in Shawnee and Jackson counties.

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