- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

LESTERVILLE, S.D. (AP) - Residents of Lesterville can once again drink tap water without worry.

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has announced an “all clear” after first banning water use and then partially restricting it.

The state put the water ban in place Monday after high levels of a potentially dangerous chemical were found in the water. The 130 people in the southeastern community on Tuesday were allowed to use water for washing and bathing but still couldn’t drink it.

The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports (https://bit.ly/1xswSkt ) the “all clear” came Wednesday when new water samples tested negative for tetrachloroethylene (teh-truh-klohr-oh-ETH’-eh-leen).

The chemical is used mainly in the textile and dry cleaning industries. It’s not known how it got in Lesterville’s water.

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Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, https://www.yankton.net/

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