Most of Fayetteville under boil water advisory

January 15, 2011 2:46:53 PM PST
Fayetteville's Public Works Commission said a large water main break left a large part of the community without water Thursday night causing tens of thousands of customers in Cumberland County to be under a boil water advisory through the weekend.

Fayetteville PWC water customers located west of the Cape Fear River are under the boil water advisory following the rupture of the 48" water main outside the Hoffer Water Plant. It sent hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into nearby storm drains. The system is back in service and customers are advised to boil their water as a precaution.

"There has not been any indication that there was contamination in the system, but anytime you have a situation of this magnitude, this is a precaution," said Carolyn Justice Hiunson with PWC.

The Town of Spring Lake, NC Aqua and Carolina Water Service Customers are now included under the boil water notice. PWC has interconnections with the Aqua system and Carolina Water Service so they should boil their water as a precaution.

Forth Bragg is currently receiving their water from Harnett County and are not under the boil water advisory.

PWC officials say they don't know why the huge water main ruptured.

They received the results of the first tests Saturday, but results were inconclusive. So the advisory continues to be in effect for the rest of the weekend. Under the advisory, water should be boiled rapidly for 5 minutes prior to all water use for human consumption including drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing hands, etc. Vigorous boiling for 5 minutes should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water as a result of the loss of pressure.

In the meantime, bottled water has been a hot seller almost everywhere in Fayetteville.

Cumberland County Schools were almost impacted and had to open two-hours late on Friday.

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