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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (FOX13) -

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The water is safe to drink in West Memphis. A boil water alert that has been in place since Monday was lifted this afternoon.

On Monday, frozen pipes and an internal mechanical failure shut the water off to the entire city. Then Tuesday, a major pipe burst that required the plant to be shut down for more repairs.

Both problems have been fixed and the boil water alert has been lifted in West Memphis.

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Icy and cold conditions are to blame for water woes in West Memphis. Though a water boil alert remains in effect, the good news is the water is back up and running after two days of problems.

Some residents are finding creative ways of dealing with the aftermath.

The water in West Memphis is now up and running. But, the West Memphis Utilities Commission expects the boil order to be held until at least Thursday afternoon.

On Monday frozen pipes and an internal mechanical failure shut the water off to the entire city, which was quickly repaired. On Tuesday, a major pipe burst that required the plant to be shut down for more repairs.

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 "The odd thing is the two happenings are not related in any way, the second one could have happened, in the summer, it had nothing to do with the cold."

The Tuesday incident closed schools and sent local businesses scrambling to buy bottled water in order to stay open.

"It was kind of a crazy week, but once we got set up, everything went really well."

Places like Razorback BBQ, which had just opened for the first time on Monday when everything started, was affected.

By Wednesday morning, the water was back up and running and school was open again. But, the faucets at the schools were covered up and students were allowed to bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated.

"You can't blame anybody. It's like lightning just happening. You just have to roll with the punches."

Residents like Dr. Simon Hosken say it wasn't a big deal at all, aside from not being able to do some laundry, which he didn't necessarily mind. Being under a boil alert is not a big deal.
 
"We got bottles of water, but we're English and we just drink tea and that needs to be boiled anyway," Dr. Hosken said.

The West Memphis Utilities Commission general manager said the big problem when something like this happens is getting residents and businesses to understand they are working as fast as they can to get the problem fixed.

Unlike a tornado when the electricity goes out, he says people seem to understand that a little more than broken pipes. But as FOX13 News saw, West Memphians are very understanding and just happy the water is once again flowing.

The boil notice expected to be lifted by Thursday afternoon.

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