Broken Water Main Drains Town Of Selma Dry
Posted December 22, 2005 12:42 p.m. EST
SELMA, N.C. — Mandatory water restrictions are in effect for the town of Selma after a broken water main Wednesday left most of the town without water.
Utility crews worked for most of the day to repair the break after contractors working in the area of Oak Street and River Road accidentally hit a water main around noon. While crews were on the scene most of the day, they were still unable to contain the water, which eventually drained the water tanks.
Restaurants were asked to close for business immediately until the break is repaired and water was restored.
Town officials said that while the town is trying to get water restored from Johnston County's supply, it is mandatory for residents who do have water to conserve it and use as little as possible.
Selma Town Manager Jeff White said that because of the low pressure in the water lines, residents should boil water before consuming it and continue doing so until the water supply could be tested for contamination.
Officials said it would not be until mid-day Thursday before pressure builds up in the pipes, allowing the water to be sterile.