Submitted by WWAY on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 3:00pm.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY - CFPUA crews have isolated the water main break and are continuing diligent efforts to access damage and determine the extent of repairs needed. Approximately 2-3 million gallons of water was lost during this main break and the amount may increase once the assessment is complete. As a result of the rapid water loss and overall demand on the water system, the water tanks at 17th & Shipyard and 9th & Dawson have been depleted and are currently empty. CFPUA has brought up emergency backup wells to help supplement the water loss and additional wells are on standby. At this time all customers are advised that CFPUA has increased its water use advisory to STAGE 4 MANDATORY WATER USE RESTRICTIONS which prohibits all outdoor and non-essential use until further notice. Violations can result in citations of $500 for each occurrence and/or disconnection. As a result in the pressure loss, customers are still being advised to boil water prior to consuming. Please refer to our web-site for more information on Stage 4 water use restrictions and additional information INFORMATION FROM A NEWS RELEASE SENT TO THE WWAY NEWSCHANNEL 3 NEWSROOM...

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