'Major leak' in Tarboro water system closes five Edgecombe County schools

Posted December 15, 2017 8:17 a.m. EST
Updated December 15, 2017 3:56 p.m. EST

— Edgecombe County Public Schools closed five schools Friday after a "major leak" in the Town of Tarboro's water system.

The district announced the closures in a post on its Facebook page. The schools are Martin Millennium Academy, Pattillo Middle School, Princeville Elementary, Stocks Elementary and Tarboro High School.

The district said the day will be an optional work day for staff at the closed schools, but all other schools in the district will hold class as usual.

The leak was discovered when the town water plant could no longer keep up with the demand, according to a sewer and water department employee.

Lisa Adcock, owner of Pac-House Grill, said that the low pressure has had almost no affect on her business.

"I just don't have ice," she said. "Any water being used is boiled and the tea, made with boiling water, is being pre-chilled in the coolers for customers who desire cold tea."

Residents are being urged to conserve water.