08/01/2013 01:49 EDT | Updated 10/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Boil water order ends in Sydney, N.S., after bacteria levels fall

SYDNEY, N.S. - The Cape Breton Regional Municipality says a boil water order in Sydney, N.S., has been lifted after two days.

The boil water order was issued Tuesday after the municipality's water utility found elevated bacteria counts.

The municipality says the utility has received two clear tests results and residents are no longer required to boil their water.

The order also affected restaurants, hospitals, businesses, offices and educational institutions.

Mayor Cecil Clarke says although the advisory caused a disruption for Sydney's 27,000 residents, it was necessary to ensure public safety.