Boil water advisory lifted for 18,000 households in West Philadelphia

Thousands of homes in one Philadelphia section no longer need to boil their water after an advisory was lifted Tuesday morning.

The boil water advisory has been lifted for approximately 18,000 customers in upper West Philadelphia after a failed pumping station prompted the alert Sunday.

Officials say households can immediately resume drinking and using water without boiling.

Drinking water samples from the affected area found "no evidence of harmful bacteria… and showed normal water quality," Philadelphia Water said.

The cause of the pumping failure is still being investigated.

For more information visit the Philadelphia Water site.