Boil water advisory issued in northern Johnston


A Johnston County Public Utilities water line busted around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

The area affected is north of Pine Level, northwest of Princeton, southeast of I-95 and includes the Town of Kenly. It does not include the Towns of Selma, Micro, Pine Level and Princeton.

Crews are working to repair the line and bacterial tests are expected to be completed Wednesday.

Customers in the affected areas should take the following precautions:

  • Boil water for three minutes prior to using it for cooking or drinking; do not use ice from an automatic ice maker.
  • Remake ice with water that has been boiled.
  • Disinfect dishes and food contact surfaces by immersing for one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented bleach per gallon of water.

Finally, water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing or using backyard pools so water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult with their physicians.

This is the second time within two weeks that Johnston County authorities have issued a boil water advisory.

On June 30, Smithfield water customers had to boil their water because E coli was detected in water samples collected from the system that serves the Town of Smithfield.

All businesses that count on water in Smithfield had to close while the notice was in place, totaling close to $10,000 in losses over two days for Smithfield's Chicken and Bar-B-Cue. It was one of many businesses that felt the effect of the advisory.

That advisory was lifted on July 1.

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