February 20, 2014

Caldwell water advisory extended

Some residents are advised to continue boiling water before using it until Friday.

Caldwell County authorities have extended the boil-water advisory into Friday for some of the county’s customers.

County residents were advised to boil water before using it for cooking and to refrain from using it for baths and showers after a water line was ruptured around midday Tuesday.

On Thursday, county utilities officials said that because some parts of the county are an extended distance from where the break occurred, authorities have chosen to be cautious and allow the water lines more time to clean themselves. Authorities said additional tests will take place Friday.

Some parts of the county did not have water service restored until late Wednesday. Those lines needed to be flushed and tested, and the testing process takes 24 hours.

Caldwell authorities offered these instructions to residents.

For those who pay their water bill to Caldwell County: Please continue adhering to the water use advisory.

For those who pay their water bill to the City of Lenoir: The water use advisory has ended.

For those who pay their water bill to the towns of Baton, Granite Falls or Sawmills: Contact your water provider for information.

The advisory calls on residents to boil water for one minute before using it for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice or washing hands. The water also should not be used for washing clothes or taking baths and showers until the all-clear has been given.

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