By DEUCE NIVEN
UPDATE: Boil water advisory lifted.
The boil water advisory issued Friday night for Columbus County Water District V has been lifted, Columbus County Public Works Director Danny Fowler said Sunday morning.
“It took 24 hours for the tests to come back, and they have,” Fowler said. “I knew they would be fine, but we have to have those tests.
UPDATE: Boil water advisory.
As a result of Friday night’s water main break in Guideway, a boil water advisory has been issued for Columbus County Water District V for the next 18 to 24 hours, expiring at about 11 p.m. Saturday, Columbus County Public Works Director Danny Fowler said.
Affected water customers 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 safety experts say.
A water main break in the Guideway area has some families without water tonight, and a boil water advisory is possible once service is restored, Columbus County Public Utilities Director Danny Fowler said.
Crews responding to restore the broken water line along NC 904 near Guideway Elementary School will assess the need for a boil water advisory, Fowler said. That’s likely, Fowler said, after being told some area residents had no water because of the break.
When water lines lose pressure, bacteria can get into those lines, Fowler said. Boiling water ensures that any harmful bacteria are killed before being consumed.
We will update this story if a boil water advisory is issued. A wrap-up of this story can be found in next week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.