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Repairs completed to downtown Mpls. water main

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Crews have finished repairing a ruptured water main that spilled about 14 million gallons of water in downtown Minneapolis last week.

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Officials say the water system is being disinfected. Water samples from the repaired line will be tested Tuesday, and regular water service is expected to resume Wednesday once the water is confirmed safe to drink.

A backup service using temporary lines has been serving six building that have been without water since Thursday's break at a construction site.

Northbound Hennepin Avenue is open to traffic, but two blocks of southbound Hennepin have remained closed from 1st Street to Washington Avenue since the water main break. Crews are expected to be able to reopen one lane of southbound Hennepin in time for Tuesday's morning commute.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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