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Drinking-Water Restriction Lifted In Moore Co.

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PINEHURST, N.C. — Drinking-water restrictions for some areas of Moore County were lifted Sunday after water tests came back negative for E.coli bacteria, officials said.

Routine testing on the water supplies on Friday had detected the presence of the bacteria, which can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea and other symptoms. Other areas in Moore County, however, were not affected.

About 8,000 residential and business customers in Pinehurst and three unincorporated subdivisions nearby were affected, county Public Works Director Marcus Jones said.

The county also flushed its water system and increased the level of chlorine added to the water.

Jones said the cause of the problem was not immediately clear.

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