TAMPA, Fla. — The City of Tampa's boil water advisory has been lifted.

The advisory had been in effect since the city's huge water main break that happened Monday.

What You Need To Know

According to city officials, two rounds of water quality testing have shown satisfactory results with no evidence of contamination.

Officials said the water is now confirmed to be safe to drink.

Anyone using their water for the first time in several days will want to run their taps before using it for cooking or drinking. This will help to remove stagnant water from plumbing systems and brings in fresh water from water mains. 

The Tampa Water Department experienced a loss of water pressure when a third-party contractor hit a 36-inch pressurized transmission main coming from the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility Monday afternoon.

The damage resulted in the loss of 12 million gallons of water.

Work crews were able to isolate the main and restore pressure throughout the system. A loss in water pressure can allow contaminants to enter the drinking water supply.

The damaged transmission main was a 36-inch cast iron water main that had been installed in 1941.

At the time of its original installation, it connected to the Palma Ceia Elevated tank and was the only transmission main supplying water to the Peninsula.

The pipe was replaced late Tuesday evening.