A boil order for the city of Woodstock has been lifted, a few hours after the order initially was issued.

The boil order had been in effect for all of Woodstock as of 1 p.m. Friday, July 28, the result of a major water main break. By about 3 p.m., the leak had been stopped by repair crews, Assistant City Manager Paul Christensen said, and there was no contamination to the water supply. City water users don’t need to take any special precautions, he added.

“The reason we had issued [a boil order] is we had expected to lose water pressure in the system,” Christensen said. The order was precautionary, he said. “There’s no threat to the water, and there never was one.”

Low water pressure increases the risk of contamination, Christensen said, but the city’s system did not end up losing pressure as first expected.

“They repaired it with pressure in the system,” he said.

The water main break occurred directly outside the Woodstock Public Works building on Washington Street. 

“There was a geyser, basically, at Public Works,” Christensen said.

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