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Boil water advisory in effect after Spring Hope water main break

Posted on May 13, 2021

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Spring Hope police officers and firefighters stop traffic on Nash Street while workers repair a busted main water line on Tuesday, May 11.

Lindell J. Kay | Enterprise

Spring Hope police officers and firefighters stop traffic on Nash Street while workers repair a busted main water line on Tuesday, May 11.

lkay@springhopeenterprise.com | 252-265-8117

Spring Hope residents awoke Wednesday to no water flowing from the faucet and no gas at the pumps.

A main line break along East Nash Street late Tuesday night forced the town to shut off the water supply while repairs were being made. Town officials have asked residents to boil their tap water until tests can be conducted to confirm the absence of coliform bacteria.

Town Manager Jae Kim said the water line has been repaired and the system is refilling.

“It takes a little time,” Kim said.

The line broke due to wear and tear, Kim said.

Residents were already frustrated with all four gas stations in town out of fuel. The shortage is due to motorists filling up their tanks in the aftermath of a ransomware cyberattack that shut down a gasoline pipeline feeding most of the state.

“I thought last year without toilet paper was bad, but no water and no gas, I’m shaking my head,” Felicity Dupree said as she left the local Food Lion store with a cart filled with the last of the water jugs. Store shelves were mostly empty of water jugs and bottles by midmorning.

DRINKING WATER SAFETY

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, municipal customers under a water boil advisory should take the following precautions:

• Use bottled or boiled water for drinking, preparing and cooking food.

• If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for one minute. After boiling, allow the water to cool before use.

• Boil tap water even if it’s filtered via a home water filter or a pitcher with a filter.

• Do not use water from any appliance connected to the water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator.

• Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If a child is formula fed, ready-to-use formula is best.

• Be careful not to swallow any water when bathing or showering.

• Use caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath to reduce the chance of them swallowing water.

• Brush teeth with boiled or bottled water.

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