BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Illinois American Water has lifted a boil water order for customers in the Metro-East area near St. Louis that’s been in effect since Wednesday.

Illinois American issued the order after there were water main breaks in the area, which includes Belleville and East St. Louis among other towns. The order was lifted for the utility’s direct customers Friday afternoon. The utility said communities that buy water in bulk and distribute it via their own systems will notify their customers about the status of their boil water orders.

The utility says tests confirm the water meets all state and federal requirements in areas where the boil order was lifted.

Illinois American asked all customers to continue to conserve water while crews deal with cold weather and its effect on water systems.

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