WILSON'S MILLS — Water customers in Johnston County are urged to stop all non-essential water use until further notice.
County manager Rick Hester issued a mandatory water conservation notice for all customers served by the Johnston County water supply system, including towns and private utilities served by the county and all customers of county water districts.
Examples of non-essential water use include irrigation of lawns and gardens, vehicle washing and miscellaneous industrial uses for 24 to 48 hours.
According to the order, a chemical process problem caused the county's Wilson's Mills treatment plant to be temporarily shut down Monday afternoon.
The county is purchasing water for its customers from other public systems which are inetrconnected to its transmission main. The water plant was restared at 4 a.m.
About 35,000 customers are affected. Drinking water is safe.