UPDATE: The town of Wadesboro issued a release warning citizens that the low pressure and outages in the water distribution system on Friday increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.
Due to this risk, the Division of Water Resources advises that when water is restored consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation) or use bottled water, according to Public Services Director Hugh James.
James said that vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water. He urged water consumers to conserve water whenever possible until further written notification is issued from the town.
Wadesboro residents woke up to find their water turned off on Friday. The problem, according to Town Manager Alex Sewell, is a broken water line on North Rutherford Street. Town staff are working around-the-clock to restore water service and hope to restore the water service no later than 1 p.m. on Friday.
The town said “entities with critical needs, including the hospital and school system,” have been notified of the situation. “Town staff are working tirelessly to restore water service for our customers and we regret any disruptions this causes for our community,” Sewell said. “Notably, the waterline at issue is one that we are about to replace so we can avoid disruptions like this in the future.
As of 9:20 a.m., the schools had not issued a cancellation notice for classes and other activities for the day.