Residents in Newton were without water on Wednesday after a 16-inch water line broke along Northwest Boulevard.
The city shut off water to all customers until the line – a primary trunk line – could be repaired, the city said on its Facebook page at 4:30 a.m.
Water service was expected to remain shut off until at least mid-afternoon, the city announced later.
“Crews are working now to isolate the line and make repairs as quickly as possible,” the city said.
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Residents should boil any water they intend to use, the city urged.
The Newton-Conover school system closed for the day, because four of its seven schools were without water. The school system’s maintenance and food services departments, central services and pre-K program also were without water.
Wednesday is an optional workday for staff.