BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- Water service is back to normal in parts of Brunswick County Thursday. An advisory to boil water before drinking it created issues for some schools. Students from four schools in Brunswick County were released early from school as a safety precaution yesterday afternoon, when the Brunswick County Health Department found that the water wasn't safe to drink. Shallotte Middle School, West Brunswick High School, Jessie Mae Monroe and Union Elementary Schools all lost water pressure after crews discovered three major leaks in a water main line. Water pressure was fully restored to the area early this morning. But because the water still isn't considered safe until boiling it, Brunswick County school officials delivered thousands of bottled water to each school and hand sanitizers to go along with them. West Brunswick High School Principal George Kelly says both parents and students handled their water concerns well. "We've made this transition very successful and our kids have had a very good school day, cause we brought in our own water, we gave every kid, at least one bottle of water to go through the school day with" People of Shallotte and surrounding towns are being asked to boil their water for at least one minute before consumption. After seeing how many kids took to the bottled water today, Principal Kelly says he may have to look into educating students on the benefits of water in future health classes.
UPDATE: The boil water advisory has been lifted. Water samples were taken at midnight and came back clean.