- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) - Officials say residents in Oskaloosa and Beacon no longer need to boil their water after testing found it was safe to drink.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources lifted the boil advisory Thursday. Officials asked residents to begin boiling their water Tuesday after a pump failure caused two water towers at the Oskaloosa treatment plant to empty. The low pressure in the towers created the possibility for bacteria to enter the water system.

City officials collected and tested water samples at 11 locations over the past two days and found the water was clear of bacteria.

About 11,500 people live in Oskaloosa. The nearby city of Beacon has about 500 people.

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