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Madison residents will have limited water use at 6:00 tonight

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Madison residents will have limited used of water beginning at 6:00 Thursday evening.

Repair crews have been on the scene of a water tank collapse in Madison since Wednesday evening.  The accident left nearly 6800 people without access to clean water. Crews worked through the night in blizzard conditions to pump a million gallons of contaminated water from the water tank.

They were able to pump about a foot of water every hour into a nearby creek that feeds into Lake Madison. After the tank was drained, several workers went down into the tank to cap a 40-year-old water line. The city is now pumping clean water directly from the treatment center to the water tower. Mayor Roy Lindsay says at 6:00 p.m., people in Madison will have limited use of water again.

"We will be pumping treated water back into the system and refilling the water tower. Once we get to that point people will be able to use water for everything except drinking and brushing your teeth, but they'll be able to use it for cooking, bathing and those kind of things," Lindsay said.

The water will not be safe to drink until it has passed several tests from a water quality center in Sioux Falls. 

Lindsay expects the city to have clean drinking water by 6:00 p.m. Friday. So bottled water and pots for boiling are still necessary.


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