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Water Back in Oslo, Boil Order Canceled

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UPDATE Friday Jan. 18:

After five days without clean water... Oslo, MN water now meets requirements and is safe to drink.

The Minnesota Department of Health says now the mandatory boil order has been canceled.

People there first lost service last weekend when subzero temperatures caused a water main to break.

2:54 PM, Wednesday

  City Clerk, Karen Cote says water service has been restored to Oslo. The 300 people living there have had to do without it since Saturday.

  Crews worked through the night to replace a 30-foot section of underground water pipe. However, Cote says a State Health Inspector is taking samples Wednesday afternoon, so a boil order remains in effect. City water shouldn't be used for drinking or cooking until test results come back Thursday afternoon.

Water started being restored at a lower pressure through the town 7:30 Wednesday morning, and once the testing is complete crews will restore the water gradually to its normal pressure.

We will continue to watch for any leakage or other breaks that may occur.

The city will continue to provide people with drinking water. You can go to the Oslo Community Center to pick up water, or call the city office to have some delivered.

  Cote says the city is looking for funding to help in the enormous project that the replacement of water mains would entail.


Many of the 300 residents of Oslo, Minnesota are getting pretty frustrated after another day with no running water.

     Oslo is 25-miles north of Grand Forks.

The town has been without water since Saturday morning, following a series of water main breaks. Last night, service was temporarily restored with an above ground line. But, it quickly froze in our 15-degrees below zero temperatures last night.

So now, crews are installing a new 30-foot section of underground pipe.  It's expected service will be restored sometime Wednesday.

In the meantime, the City has been supplying residents with bottled water for drinking. Many people have been using their stoves to melt snow for water to flush toilets.

The City Clerk says she's had to handle some irate calls.

Karen Cote, City Clerk: "There's been a few. There's been a few. It's justifiable. It's been a tough haul for everyone. We just have to let everybody know we're doing the best we can."

Cote says once water service is restored, people will have to boil it before drinking it or using it for cooking. She says the State Health Department will have to inspect it first.


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