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Boil water advisory lifted for most of downtown Harrisburg affected by water main break

Capital Region Water crews on Tuesday as they worked to repair a water main break in downtown Harrisburg.

Capital Region Water today lifted the boil water advisory for most of the area impacted by a water main break last weekend.

CRW spokesperson Tanya Dierolf said that most of the 200 affected residents no longer have to boil water for uses such as personal consumption, washing dishes and brushing their teeth.

The boil water advisory remains in effect only for a small number of customers who are located at:

  • 100 State St.
  • 503, 601, 603, 605 and 611 to 615 N. Front St.
  • 109 to 111 N. Front St.

Dierolf said that these customers will be advised individually when they no longer need to boil water.

Early Sunday morning, an 82-year-old, 16-inch water main on the 100-block of North Street developed a large crack. A large residential and commercial area of downtown, generally bordered by Front, North, N. 3rd and Forster streets, then either lost water service or had to boil their water before personal use.

Water service returned to most of the affected area on Tuesday, but the entire area remained under a boil-water advisory until today.

Now that repairs have been complete, CRW will flush nearby hydrants, which may temporarily lead to cloudy or discolored water. According to CRW, this does not pose a health risk, but customers still should run their taps for a full minute to flush out their system.

For more information, call CRW’s customer service center at 888-510-0606 or visit their website.

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