SOMERSET (AP) – The ban on drinking tap water in Somerset has been lifted after testing showed it is not dangerous to consume.

Robert Lima, superintendent of the Water Department, tells the Herald News the ban was lifted Thursday afternoon after water sampled from six locations across town showed contaminants to be either very low or undetectable.

There were no reports of sickness from the water.

Town officials issued the ban on Tuesday after a landscaping company possibly tainted the water supply with hydro seeding material, including fertilizer, when tapping into a fire hydrant.

The ban prompted many restaurants in town to shut down and a run on bottled water.

Police say charges against the hydro seeding company are likely.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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