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UPDATE: Water safe to drink in Neillsville

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Neillsville officials say the water is now safe to drink. They also say the boiling water advisory is no longer in effect.

Water samples were taken Monday for testing in Neillsville, after a water main break on Friday.

Officials say the break was found in front of the fire hall where the fire hydrant connects to the water main.

This break has thrown a wrench into life in Neillsville. School was canceled Friday and city buildings were shut down.  

Karen Gaier, a Neillsville resident, had her routine turned upside down.

"At first it wasn't a big deal because you think it's going to fixed right away but then the longer the night went on and it became real," said Gaier.

She's had to boil her water, drink bottled water and even use snow to flush her toilet.

Gaier says not having clean water "made you stop and appreciate the water that we do have."

Gaier says she's boiling her water, not wanting to take any chances.

"They're telling us to boil water even to wash dishes because we can't put anything that's going in to our mouth that’s been in that water and we have a baby here so we're rewashing utensils and bottles," she said.

The mayor says when a water main breaks, the leaking water typically rises to the surface, giving crews a good idea of where the leak is coming from. But, because of the frozen ground, the water stayed underneath, leaving crews digging for answers.

"We know of breaks happening throughout Wisconsin actually because of the severe cold and then when you get a bit of warm up. It seems to cause the frost to go down," said Mabie. 

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