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Boil-Water Advisory Mostly Lifted After Pipe Break

Posted October 19, 2007

— Most communities are no longer under a boil-water advisory that was issued after a pipe break in Henderson spilled 1.5 million gallons of water on Thursday.

The Kerr Lake Regional Water System canceled the alert for customers in Vance, Franklin and Warren counties, including Kittrell, Louisburg, Norlina, Oxford, Stovall and Warrenton at 6 p.m. Friday.

All test results have shown no adverse health effects from the line breakage, and consumption should be safe, officials said. Low pressure and the line break had increased the possibility that back siphonage might introduice bacteria into the water system, public-utilities officials said.

A boil-water alert remains in effect for some customers in Henderson until 4 p.m. Saturday. It covers the Booth, Winder, West Avenue, Clark Street, Harriett and Country Home Road area.

People are urged to boil their water for at least a minute before using it.

Six Franklin County schools – Youngsville Elementary, Royal Elementary, Bunn Elementary, Cedar Creek Middle, Bunn Middle and Bunn High – closed Friday for staff and students.

All Warren County public schools closed Friday. Vance County schools operated on a two-hour delay.

Officials said a 14-inch pipe near the intersection of Booth and Flint streets burst Thursday morning, emptying two 750,000-gallon tanks in an hour. The water main break left 17,000 customers dry and the problem spilled into four other counties on the Henderson water system.

Revlon, Oxford's biggest plant, cut off several production lines and businesses were advised to conserve water. Several area school systems were forced to dismiss early.

Vanah's Main Street Diner began boiling water in bulk Thursday.

“We were trying to do everything we could just to get drinks out,” said Jones. “We had customers sitting in the dining room. We could’t get them tea. We could’t get them drinks.”

Officials said the water line was laid in the 1950s. They did not know Thursday  whether age was a factor in the pipe's rupture, they said.


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  • Centurian Oct 19, 2007

    NCSU Landscaper, that creek flows into Swift Creek and on to the Tar River basin, not back into the Kerr/Roanoke basin. More water for Rocky Mount perhaps?

  • NCSULandscaper Oct 19, 2007

    there wasnt much water wasted, the busted pipe was crossing a creek, which empties back into the lake

  • whatelseisnew Oct 19, 2007

    Ah whats a million or two gallons anyway. We have plenty of water.

  • ifcdirector Oct 19, 2007

    "According to the North Carolina Department of Correction, a man identified as Tommy Holiday, with the same birth date, was released from prison in August after serving 11 months on a felony breaking and entering conviction. He also has several prior convictions dating back to 1993 on charges ranging from larceny, larceny of firearms and robbery."
    Every crooked deal making lawyer and judge who conspired to let this trash out on the streets should be put on death row with him.

  • .Milky Oct 19, 2007

    follow me..

  • SouthernBornSouthernBred Oct 19, 2007

    There are alarms that sound when a water tank reaches a certain level. The busted water main happend when the Public Works was closed, therefore the person on call had to respond. Most Cities/Towns have a 30 minute response time. When a pipe this size breaks its an amazing site to see how much can be lost in a short span of time. Educate yourselves before passing judgement on the employees.

  • Arkansas Razorback Oct 19, 2007

    I went to the Subway in Youngsville for lunch. They were not selling anything out of their drink machines or ice. All you could buy to drink was pre-bottled juice or soda.

  • NCSarah Oct 19, 2007

    Speaking of more wasted water....


  • NCSUPackfan Oct 19, 2007

    More wasted water, sad. Speaking of wasted water, Capitol Broadcasting and WRAL-FM Mix101.5 at 711 Hillsborough St. had their sprinklers going full blast this morning at 4am. May WRAL-News can get an interview for that?

  • phoenixelon99 Oct 19, 2007

    The Town of Franklinton is NOT on a boil water watch - we are on our own water system.