Water back on, but boil order in effect in Brockton


BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) – Water is flowing again but a boil order remains in effect after a massive water main break left Brockton and neighboring Whitman without water.

Officials said a century-old, 24-inch water main running to Brockton from Silver Lake broke in East Bridgewater around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Crews worked overnight to make repairs, but the boil order remains in effect Thursday so state environmental officials can test the water to make sure it is safe for human consumption.

Brockton schools were dismissed early Wednesday but Mayor Bill Carpenter tweeted that city schools are open as normal on Thursday.

A state of emergency was declared in Brockton and nearly 67,000 bottles of water were distributed to residents. Some businesses closed and some hospitals rescheduled elective procedures on Wednesday.

Some Brockton residents said they are still getting discolored water.

Officials said the boil order is not expected to be lifted until Friday afternoon at the earliest.

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