Southern Indiana city’s water ruled safe again

Water faucet
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JASPER, Ind. (AP) — Officials say a southern Indiana city’s tap water is safe again after telling residents for five days to boil it before drinking.

Jasper water manager Ernest Hinkle says results of a second test came back Sunday showing that the water quality had improved enough to lift the boil order.

Officials in the 15,000-person city about 50 miles northeast of Evansville told residents to first run water at their homes for several minutes to clear their pipes.

Hinkle tells WFIE-TV that rising levels of the natural mineral manganese caused the tap water to not have adequate amounts of bacteria-killing chlorine.

The city draws its water from the Patoka River and officials believe changes in its current might have caused the higher manganese levels.

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