Residents of Exeter no longer must boil tap water in the wake of a massive water leak that flooded streets.
The notice to boil water was rescinded Wednesday when water samples sent in for testing came back clean.
The order to boil water was issued Monday following a water line break that forced the city to shut off water service to all homes and businesses served by the city’s water system.
Although the repair was made Monday afternoon and water service restored that evening, water samples had to be tested before the boil water order could be lifted, the city said.
The State Water Resources Control Board and Tulare County received test results from 18 water samples, the city said Wednesday. The independent testing lab analyzed the samples and determined the water is “clear and safe,” the city said.
“All normal water uses may now resume,” the city said in a statement.
The water line break occurred about 10 a.m. Monday when a Southern California Edison crew drilling a hole for a utility pole hit a 10-inch pressurized water line.
A gusher soon flooded streets, yards and alleys, but no homes were flooded.
The city depressurized the water system by emptying the water tower, which ended water services to all connections until the repair could be made.
The break allowed for the possibility of contaminants getting into the system, requiring a boil water notice under state law, the city said.
City Manager Randy Groom said the city intends to seek reimbursement from Edison for the cost of water line repairs.