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Boil water order lifted

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – People in the Metro East can stop boiling their water before they drink it.

Illinois American Water had to by law issue the boil water order last weekend because water pressure had dipped below a certain level.

General Manager Fred Ruckman says contamination is the concern when pressure is that low, but new tests show the water is fine.

"Our customers have helped us through conservation measures over the last couple of days. We've made some changes, hydraulic changes, within our system to allow us to push water to those areas where we are seeing the highest demands," Ruckman said. "Our tanks are in better shape than they've been in weeks."

Ruckman says despite the current drought, he doesn't expect the pressure to drop enough again to force another boil order.