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HAPPENING NOW: Boil advisory issued for some city residents

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Sensitive water main repair requires advisory for multiple city blocks:

1400 and 1500 blocks of Queen Street, 600 through 800 blocks of S. 15th Street,

700 and 800 blocks of S. 14th Street, 1418 Castle Street and 1414 Wooster Street

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) is issuing a precautionary boil water advisory (PBWA) for customers living and conducting business on the multiple blocks of downtown Wilmington listed above. During excavation work for a gas line repair, it was discovered that the gas main was laying on top of a water main and had rubbed a hole in the water main, causing a leak. A picture of the pipes is attached; the gas main is on top of the water main. Because of the sensitive nature of the repair, CFPUA cannot conduct this leak repair under pressure and must issue the precautionary boil water advisory.

This boil water advisory is being issued as a precaution because periods of low or no pressure during the repair work increase the potential for the introduction of bacteria into the water system. CFPUA customers in the above described area should boil their water for one minute then allow it to cool prior to consumption or utilize another water source such as bottled water. Consumption includes drinking, brushing teeth, making ice, food preparation, fruit and vegetable washing and the preparation of baby formula. Customers do NOT need to boil water prior to using it for showering or bathing.

Because of the size of the area affected (see map), CFPUA is asking the media for assistance in getting out the word about the advisory. CFPUA is also using the county’s notification system, posting information on our website, www.cfpua.org, and customers can also call into CFPUA’s new Precautionary Boil Water Advisory Information Line at (910) 332-6500 for details.

The Boil Water Advisory shall be in effect until water quality testing has occurred and service has returned to normal, typically within 24 hours. The lifting of the advisory will occur in one or more of the following ways: hand-delivered announcement, a post on www.cfpua.org, a recorded phone message at 332-6500, a phone notification from New Hanover County’s emergency alert system and/or a press release to area media outlets.

A precautionary boil water advisory is a public health announcement. When issued, the public should assume there is an elevated risk of their water being unsafe to drink. Advisories can be issued after: incidents that compromise the distribution system (ex. water main break); failure of/substantial interruption in water treatment processes that result in increased turbidity levels or particle counts; mechanical or equipment failure; violations of the total coliform rule or the turbidity standard of the surface water treatment rule; or a natural disaster. www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking.

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