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NEWORLEANS-- The boil water advisory has been canceled for the east bank of New Orleans, according to a mayor spokesman.

Ryan Berni, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office, announced the lifting of the advisory via Twitter just before 3:30 p.m. Monday.

City officials said tests confirmed the water in the city is safe to drink and can be used as normal. Homes and businesses should still run their water for several minutes to flush their plumbing systems.

The news comes 30 hours after the advisory was first issued Sunday morning. A fire at the Orleans Parish Sewerage & Water Board that damaged a boiler caused prompted the precautionary measure.

The advisory proved to be difficult for restaurants, which had to boil water and haul in ice.

'It cuts into profits, most definitely labor intensive,' said Greg Thomas, general manager the restaurant Salut. 'You just roll with the punches, do whatever steps you have to do to make sure you're taking care of your people.'
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