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Water flowing again in Salem

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.

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.