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Melbourne's lifts majority of boil water alert

More test results expected soon

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MELBOURNE, Fla. – Melbourne lifted a majority of a large boil water alert on Sunday but it remains in place for several streets. 

The alert was issued last week, putting some 150,000 people under a boil water notice, after a water main broke near the city's Lake Washington treatment plant.

All customers on Melbourne's water system, as well as some on the Cocoa, Palm Bay and Titusville water systems, were under boil water notices Friday, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

The order was rescinded Sunday for most customers except for those living in the North Waterway Estates subdivision on the following streets:

Thrush Drive
Sparrow Drive
Eagle Drive
Finch Drive
Ibis Lane
Meadolark Lane
Dove Lane
Blue Jay Lane
Skylark Blvd.

A satisfactory completion of the bacteriological survey shows that the water is safe to drink for all other customers.

Additional test results for the customers living in the North Waterway Estates subdivision are expected to be available October 9. 

Three weeks after Hurricane Irma brushed through Brevard, drinking water problems have nagged almost the county's entire 568,000 population. First, the county's largest water supplier, Cocoa, saw 42 water main breaks during Irma, leaving about a quarter of a million people without running water for a few days and boiling their water for a couple days after that. Uprooted trees caused a third of Cocoa's breaks but for 12 of the breaks the cause of the pipe failure remains undetermined.