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Tarboro residents urged to boil water

Posted September 5, 2011 11:08 a.m. EDT
Updated September 5, 2011 11:12 a.m. EDT

— Residents of Tarboro should boil their water until it clears up in the wake of Hurricane Irene, town officials said Sunday.

The town issued a boil-water notice Sunday due to turbidity levels in the water. As well, the water plant's latest order of disinfectant had a chemical with a lower than normal strength, officials said.

Turbidity measures how many solid particles are suspended in water, and it affects how clear the water appears. High turbidity can interfere with disinfection and allow microbes to grow, including bacteria and viruses that cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea and headaches. Anyone with those symptoms should seek medical advice.

All Tarboro residents should boil the water for a minute and let it cool before using. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth and washing dishes.

Town staff are getting a water treatment chemical of a normal concentration and have increased the amount of the lower-strength disinfectant being used, officials said. Tests must show turbidity levels have returned to normal before the boil-water notice can be lifted.

Town officials said they hope to lift the notice by Tuesday.