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CFPUA battling series of water main breaks

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- We've been telling you all week about the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority battling broken water mains. Today the battle continues at several spots around the county.

In the last week alone, at least five water mains have broken in the Port City, leaving residents without water and commuters taking detours.

CFPUA spokeswoman Carey Ricks says because of dramatic weather changes, the older iron pipes have been cracking.

"What we're seeing is in some of the older portions of our service area that have these iron pipes we're seeing a lot of cracking and water main breaks and our crews are responding all hours of the night and day to try and remedy and have as least impact on customers as possible," Ricks said.

Ricks said as a precaution, the CFPUA wants residents of the areas affected to boil their water to avoid contamination. Because of low or no pressure during outages, the CFPUA says bacteria may get into the water.

"In the interim, while the repairs are occuring and afterwards when testing is occuring in that system that people boil their water just in case there was something introduced during either the break or the water repair process," Ricks said.

The CFPUA says even though temperatures are forecast to warm up later this week, the number of water mains breaking will most likely rise as well.

"We're seeing this, I think, because cold weather rolled in very quickly on us, and we'll probably see some more occur as we approach this rapid warm up this weekend," Ricks said.

The CFPUA says it has an up-to-date log of all the water main breaks in the area posted on its website. It also asks if anyone sees an abnormal pooling of water to contact the authority's emergency response line immediately.

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