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Precautionary boil water advisory issued for part of N. Front Street

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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has issued a Precautionary Boil Water Advisory (PBWA) for the 200 and 300 blocks of North Front Street and #10 Walnut Street in downtown Wilmington, starting at 11 p.m. tonight.

CFPUA crews will be conducting work in support of the City of Wilmington's storm drain project that will result in periods of low or no pressure for the addressed listed through 7 a.m. Tuesday. CFPUA crews have conducted personal notifications of the work and provided the advisory to the affected residents. The businesses and residents were in agreement to have CFPUA conduct the work tonight.

Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system. Therefore, CFPUA advises that when water service is restored the residents of the above described area boil their water prior to human consumption or utilize another water source such as bottled water. Human consumption includes all water used for cooking, making ice, drink mixing, food preparation, hand washing, or other means of consumption. Residents should vigorously boil their water for at least one (1) full minute prior to drinking or cooking until otherwise notified by CFPUA.

The Precautionary Boil Water Advisory shall be in effect until water quality testing has occurred and service is returned to normal. When testing is completed, typically within 24 hours, and service is returned to normal, updates to this advisory will be provided via hand-delivered announcement, posted on our website www.cfpua.org, and/or sent as press release to area media outlets.

A Precautionary Boil Water Advisory is a public health announcement that the public should boil tap water before drinking it. When issued, the public should assume there is a risk of water being unsafe to drink. Advisories can be issued after: circumstances that compromise the distribution system (e.g., water main break); failure of or substantial interruption in water treatment processes that result in increased turbidity levels or particle counts and mechanical or equipment failure; violations of the total coliform rule or the turbidity standard of the surface water treatment rule; or, a natural disaster (e.g., flood, hurricane, or earthquake). http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/

If you are an establishment regulated by the New Hanover County Health Department and need more information, refer to the "What is a Boil Water Advisory" guidance document available on www.cfpua.org under the Notifications link.

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