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Smithfield again advised to boil water

Posted July 8, 2010

— Smithfield residents were advised Thursday to boil their water before consumption after routine tests found coliform bacteria in it – the third water problem for residents of Johnston County in a week.

Smithfield public utilities officials said the naturally occurring bacteria aren't dangerous, but are an indicator that other, potentially harmful bacteria might be present.

“This is an advisory notice not a mandatory notice, we don’t have to rush shut down any restaurants or anything of that nature,” Mayor Daniel Evans said.

Residents should boil all water used for human consumption, such as drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice and washing hands. Boiling water for at least one minute should kill the bacteria.

Water faucet generic Smithfield advised to boil water again

Last week, bacteria detected in the water prompted a similar notice for Smithfield residents. Restaurants there were forced to close for more than 24 hours.

On Monday, a water main break left homes and businesses in the Princeton-Kenly Water District without water and had restaurants there serving drinks without ice and meals on disposable dishes.

Earl Botkin, Smithfield director of public utilities, said the advisory would stand for at least 24 hours pending additional tests.


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  • Fx432 Jul 9, 2010

    But, it is OK to drink. Just ignore this boil advisory according to the fine Smithfield mayor. He says it is just how they collect samples.

  • rikerga Jul 8, 2010

    I wonder if they call me this time at 1am and tell me that its now safe to drink my water. This is an abuse of taxpayer money to use the 911 service to call number at these hours to tell us something is SAFE. Its for EMERGENCIES only. Someone really needs to check on this.

  • UPTOP Jul 8, 2010

    cwood what exactly are you saying ??HHhhhmmmmmm What does Obama have to do with the problem in Johnston county ? place the blaim on the company that's lining thier own pockets, rather than using the funds for it's purpose !!

  • Adelinthe Jul 8, 2010


    Is the extreme heat causing this problem?

    God bless.


  • mamabearprotectinghercub Jul 8, 2010

    I hope they can fix this as soon as they can. This is a bad time for the water to be messed up because some have children & they need water, & everyone else needs water.

  • cwood3 Jul 8, 2010

    NC-they are building an extension to Booker Dairy Rd. from SSS High School area over to US 70 with Obama stimulus money. just remember, wherever federal monsy goes-so goes the strings. obama isn't going to let any money go your way without some federal CONTROL.

    Gottcha!!! And once Obama has his fangs into you-well it's like being bit by a King Cobra-your done!!

    Smithfield has many problems under the radar-water being one. Many out of control citizens #2, drugs #3,... need I say more??

  • Centurian Jul 8, 2010

    Have the restaurants closed again?

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Jul 8, 2010

    Just think what could have been if some of the "Stimulus" money was actually used where it was needed instead of being sqaundered on worthless pet projects. Maybe some of the crumbling infrastructure could be getting repaired, replaced or constructed.