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High Ridge water treatment plant back online, boil order continues

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HIGH RIDGE, MO (KTVI)- There is good news for residents of High Ridge and surrounding parts of northern Jefferson County. The High Ridge Public Water Supply District 2 water treatment plant that was flooded out on Wednesday, December 30, 2015,  is now back up and running. The pumps along the Big River were able to be able to be brought back online Sunday morning but it will take some time to refill water tanks and get operations back up to capacity.

The National Guard and several fire departments started trucking water in to High Ridge on Friday. It was a tough job which continued even after the plant went back online about 2:00am Sunday. Authorities say residents can now use the water to shower, wash their hands and flush toilets.But they still mus continue to boil their water before drinking or cooking. It will take some time for water purification efforts to get back up to normal levels. Residents are still asked to conserve water use until further notice.

High Ridge Public Water Supply District 2 serves 20,000 people. The fire department and National Guard have been and will continue to truck in water for the time being.

Again, the boil order remains in effect until further notice. Water officials say there is no timeline yet for when people in the impacted area will be able to safely drink water directly from the tap.