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Water restrictions eliminated in Bay City

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

New details are forming on the water leak that caused Bay County to issue a state of emergency.

After identifying the source of the leak on Monday, the county ended the state of emergency on Tuesday.

Now the water restrictions have also been lifted.

Just after 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon officials announced the leak was fully contained and restrictions had been lifted. That was good news for residents and some businesses that temporarily closed because of the water emergency.

"Glad to hear the ban is lifted," said Joe Danks, regional manager at Firehouse Car Wash.

He was happy to be back to business as usual on Tuesday. The car wash had closed its three Bay County locations following the Bay City water emergency.

"Good to be back to some normalcy. We can't make money if we're not open," Danks said.

City officials lifted the ban on non-essential drinking water. That means customers can go back to using water as usual.

Officials waited to lift the ban until the water leak was fully contained.

Tuesday afternoon crews were working to shut off additional valves they weren't aware of.

"Roughly 10 to 12 valves here you just have to systematically go through and shut them. And if you don't hear any water you know you're on the right path," sewer manager Terry Kilburn said.

Kilburn said the issue near the water plant has also led to four additional water main breaks in the county during the last two days.

"When the water plant starts changing pumps and turning on bigger pumps, this old infrastructure, it just doesn't treat it very well," he said.

Kilburn and other city leaders thank crews working to repair the break, as well as residents and local businesses like Firehouse for doing their part to cut back on water during the emergency.

"We do business in the community and they were asking to conserve water and it just seemed like the thing to do," Danks said.

Officials said the water treatment plant has been able to restore its reserve to a safe level and a lot of that has to do with people who conserved water during the emergency.

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