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Fayetteville water back on, but boil advisory in effect for many

Posted January 14, 2011

— Water service was restored to residents and businesses in the Fayetteville area Friday morning, but a boil-water advisory remains in effect after a major water main break, according to Public Works Commission officials.

A 48-inch water main ruptured Thursday evening at the Hoffer Drive plant, one of PWC's main water sources, spokeswoman Carolyn Hinson said. It's unknown what caused the rupture.

"(Engineers) do not feel that, with the size and type of main, that weather could be a factor," Hinson said, noting crews were examining the main Friday to find the cause of the problem.

PWC customers west of the Cape Fear River were told to boil water until further notice. The advisory included Spring Lake and customers of private utilities N.C. Aqua and Carolina Water Service, both of which have water lines interconnected with PWC lines.

The boil advisory also included the Smith Lake area of Fort Bragg, officials said, but most of the post receives its water from Harnett County and wasn't affected. Customers within a half-mile radius of downtown Fayetteville and those east of the Cape Fear River, including Stedman, Eastover and Cedar, also weren't part of the advisory.

Cumberland County Schools delayed opening by two hours Friday due to the break. Central Services employees were on a regular schedule.

Cape Fear Valley Medical Center was taking precautions to keep operating during the boil advisory, spokeswoman Janet Conway said. Bottled water is being used for both patient care and drinking.

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The operating rooms and cardiac catheterizations were operating on schedule because surgical instruments were sterilized before the water main break, Conway said. Surgeons were using a wash to clean before operations.

Cape Fear Valley's HealthPlex fitness and wellness center and the gastrointestinal lab were closed Friday.

The rupture knocked out service or lowered the water pressure for about 50,000 households and businesses, or about three-quarters of the city's customers, Hinson said. Health inspectors shut down many restaurants early due to the break.

Area supermarkets sold plenty of bottled water on Friday, as residents tried to supplement the water they were boiling at home.

"It hasn't been a big inconvenience. I boiled water to make coffee," Winfred King said.

PWC expects to receive the results from tests of the water in the system on Saturday morning, Hinson said. Officials would decide then whether to extend or lift the boil advisory.

"None of our test results have shown there is any contamination," she said.

Water used for activities, such as drinking, cooking, making ice and brushing teeth, should be boiled for five minutes prior to use until the advisory is lifted, she said.


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  • royearne Jan 14, 2011

    Make sure everyone empties their ice makers on Sunday morning.

  • Justin T. Jan 14, 2011

    Boil everything in Fayetteville.

  • rufiedufie Jan 14, 2011

    I understand about boiling water, I don't understand why that caused cumberland county schools to go on a two hour delay?

  • tabj88 Jan 14, 2011

    VariousGood- Its top news because Fayetteville residents need to know that their water needs to be boiled. If not and people start getting sick then people like you would be asking why WRAL didnt tell people to boil their water.

  • smegma Jan 14, 2011

    and this is top news because?

  • Jbmat Jan 14, 2011

    In this case PWC is providing a service. You are not charged for any water usage during the times the water is out. It's not the city of Fayetteville that is charging for the water anyhow, so why would they reimburse the bars and restaurants? Pretty stupid to expect the city to provide reimbursement isn't it now?

  • Viewer Jan 14, 2011

    Fayetteville could raise taxes in order to perform more aggressive inspections and replace any doubtful, but not yet broken, equipment or lines. (assuming the businesses and bar owners are willing)

  • spoonman Jan 14, 2011

    there's always someone to blame!

  • 1 awesome Dad Jan 14, 2011

    dcatz-I understand your comment about reimbursing business owners but how can anyone be held accountable for a break in a water main. Things wear out and need replacing and obviously this needed replacing. You are right though that the govt acts as if they are not accountable for their actions.

  • NCMOMof3 Jan 14, 2011

    just an FYI, PWC nor the health department had considered the impact on area childcare facilities.