Akron lifts boil alert, says water safe to drink

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An alert for residents to boil their tap water ended Tuesday night after tests showed no harmful contaminants.

The city issued the boil alert Monday afternoon, a day after a malfunctioning valve flooded the filtration plant and forced the shutdown of system pumps.

The flood water was removed and the filtration system cleaned Monday, said Mark Williamson, a spokesman for Mayor Donald Plusquellic. But the city issued the alert as a precaution.

Tests revealed that the city's water quality was never compromised due to the equipment malfunction, Williamson said.

The city-owned water system serves 93,000 households in Akron and parts of nearby Stow and Tallmadge. The city has four reservoirs, two each in adjacent Geauga and Portage counties.

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