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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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