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Orange County water distribution sites to close around 6pm

Posted February 4, 2017 11:03 a.m. EST
Updated February 4, 2017 2:40 p.m. EST

— Water distribution centers were set up around Orange County Saturday morning to get bottled water to customers affected by a do-not-use order put in place after a water main break on Friday near Chapel Hill.

Public water distribution sites will open at 10 a.m. Saturday for residents in Chapel Hill and Carrboro who have been impacted by the shortage. Chapel Hill has sites at Hargraves Community Center and Southern Community Park. Carrboro has sites at McDougal Elementary School and Carrboro High School.

The Town of Chapel Hill said on Facebook that both the Chapel Hill and Carrboro fire departments are working with mutual-aid partners to bring water to fire scenes.

At least one of the sites ran out of water on Saturday morning, but officials were working to bring in another supply by noon. Carrboro said distribution sites will closed around 6 p.m. Saturday.

A steady supply of bottled water was trickling into distribution sites, and Carrboro officials said 33 pallets of water were being distributed every hour.

The Carrboro Fire Department said on Facebook that trucks bound for the Carrboro High School site experienced mechanical problems, which delayed the delivery. Crews were using rental trucks to get water to the school.

More than 33 pallets of water have been distributed to customers affected by the shortage, according to Orange County officials.