Tap water declared safe to drink in Wakayama

Officials in Wakayama, western Japan, say the city's tap water has been confirmed safe to drink for all residents.

The water supply to about 60,000 households -- nearly 40 percent of Wakayama City's population -- was cut off October 3 when a water pipe bridge collapsed.

It was restored on Saturday after a temporary pipeline was installed on another bridge. The tap water, however, remained turbid and unfit to drink over a wide area. Officials announced late Sunday that its safety had been confirmed throughout the city.

They are urging people to make sure their tap water is clear because quality inspections were not carried out at individual households and businesses.

They say 29 water stations will remain in operation for now.