Water pressure restored in Brunswick County, but customers should boil water


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Water pressure has been restored to Brunswick County Public Utilities customers in the southwestern end of the county, but residents are still asked to boil their water before using it.

Customers of the Town of Shallotte and Town of Ocean Isle Beach are also affected.

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A 24-inch water line broke overnight in Shallotte, which knocked out water pressure from there to the South Carolina state line.

The county says a system pressure advisory also remains in place.

Brunswick County Public Utilities says periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increase the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system. Affected consumers should boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water. Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water. Water may have a milky or white appearance. This is caused by air in the lines and is not cause for concern. This should go away as water is flushed through pipes.

This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued. Water samples are being taken for testing and the results of this testing are expected late Wednesday.