End to boil water alert

Customers of Birmingham Water Works who live in the western area of the system along U.S. Highway 78 no longer must boil water before drinking.

The alert was lifted mid-morning Friday, after rigorous testing verified the safety of the drinking water.

The problem began earlier this week when the Birmingham Water Works distribution system experienced a 16-inch water main break along U.S. Highway 78 in Forestdale. The damage resulted in the loss of water pressure to a number of neighborhoods and towns in the western area of the water system.