AUGUSTA — The boil water order, issued for about 40 households in Augusta earlier this week, has been lifted after no contamination was found.

On Monday, the Greater Augusta Utility District issued the order to residents on sections of Haskell and Malta streets, and residents living between 175 and 255 Cony St., around 6 p.m.

Earlier in the day the utility district had been working on the water line on Haskell Street, which has had leaks for years. During the course of the work, the pipe broke while being fixed, as did the valve to isolate that pipe, and the water pressure dropped.

Residents were urged to boil water for at least five minutes before using for cooking, making ice cubes, brushing teeth or consumption of any kind.

Water samples were taken Tuesday and tested, and in a notice issued Wednesday, the results showed the water was deemed free of bacteria and safe to drink.

Though the water pressure in the area had dropped, it was restored Monday evening, so fire protection was not at risk.

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