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Boil-water advisory lifted in Johnston County

Posted July 7, 2010 8:49 a.m. EDT
Updated July 7, 2010 9:10 a.m. EDT

— Johnston County Public Utilities lifted a boil-water advisory Wednesday morning that had been issued after a water main broke in Smithfield Monday.

The advisory had affected Kenly and areas north of Pine Level, northwest of Princeton and southeast of Interstate 95.

Homes and businesses didn't have water pressure while crews repaired the line Tuesday. Restaurants couldn't use ice and had to use disposable utensils and dishes.

Utilities representatives had said the advisory is routine for a water-main break and would be lifted after water samples were tested for bacteria.

Last week, residents of Smithfield were also ordered to boil water after tests detected the presence of E. coli bacteria in water samples. Restaurants were forced to close for a couple days.

County officials said Tuesday that there is no reason for concern about the quality of the water supply.

"It's coincidence that all this had happened within a week or so of each other," county spokesman Robin Gurgainus said.