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Water Ban Lifted In Smith County

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SMITH COUNTY, Tenn.- A water ban has been lifted in Smith County after low levels of algae were found in the water at the Carthage water treatment plant.

Officials had enacted the ban on Wednesday, which forced the closure of all Smith County Schools on Thursday. Residents were told to boil their water when officials there couldn't get the chemical balance in place due to the low levels of algae.

"Everybody's been talking about the water ban and everybody's been asking about our water if we're having any problems," said one resident.

Since the ban several water samples had been taken and 24 hours later the state gave the water treatment plant the all clear.

Carthage Mayor Sabra Hodge visited the treatment plant during several water sample tests. She was told the algae build up was due to the drought.

"With the water level going up and down and we've had rain and it just kind of mixed that up together and algae got in the intake system which threw some of the levels off," she explained.

The ban was lifted around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. There have been no reports of illnesses due to the water.

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