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Water flowing again in Salem

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SALEM -- The city of Salem has restored water service to its residents, who had been in a water shortage since Monday when two of the city's three wells broke down.

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According to the city's website, the two broken wells were repaired Wednesday, and all three of the city's wells are now up and running.

As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, the city lifted most of the water restrictions that were put in place after the shortage began, but asked residents to refrain from watering their lawns or gardens until 8 a.m. today.

Contractors installed a new motor in one of the city's wells near the McCook County Courthouse and installed a new motor and pump in another of the city's wells behind Salem City Hall on Wednesday, the website says.

Salem experienced a similar dry spell last summer when a computer component failed and caused the city's water treatment plant to shut down.

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