A large water line break has prompted the city to issue a water system pressure advisory, meaning all residents and businesses in the affected area should boil their drinking water.
The advisory impacts areas west of Jaycee Street, which is next to Havelock City Park, and includes the Woodhaven and Belltown areas, according to a release from the city. It does not affect Cherry Point.
The advisory will remain in effect until testing samples of the water are returned from the state, which normally takes about 24 hours.
The water line break occurred overnight on Jaycee Street and caused low pressure and water outages throughout the western part of the city. Havelock temporarily switched to Craven County’s system as the line was repaired and flushed, according to the release. The break in the water line caused a lost of about 240,000 gallons of water.
The advisory also affects several schools in the area, including Havelock Elementary, Graham A. Barden Elementary, Gurganus Elementary, Arthur W. Edwards Elementary and Tucker Creek Middle School. Those schools remain open to students and teachers.
Havelock has notified the Craven County Health Department as well as the nutrition coordinator for the school system.
Periods of low water pressure increases the chance of back siphonage, which could introduce bacteria into the system. As such, the state requires water to be tested after a pressure loss, and the recommendation is made to boil water.
Residents in the affected areas should boil water used for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice and washing hands for at least one minute, or use bottled water for such purposes instead. Pregnant women and those with infants of up to six months should use an alternate source of water, according to the release.
In the meantime, residents are urged to conserve water as much as possible.