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Statesville boil water advisory lifted

Ed Lazenby of the Iredell Council on Aging pushes a cart loaded with water bottles to be distributed to local senior citizens on Wednesday. Also shown are Statesville Police Department personnel who assisted in the effort.
Ed Lazenby of the Iredell Council on Aging pushes a cart loaded with water bottles to be distributed to local senior citizens on Wednesday. Also shown are Statesville Police Department personnel who assisted in the effort. City of Statesville

Statesville’s boil water advisory was lifted Thursday afternoon, following Wednesday’s water line break.

The state Division of Water Resources issued the advisory on Wednesday after a major water line break near the city’s water treatment plant on Pump Station Road. Most Statesville customers were without water for several hours.

The advisory was issued because periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increase the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system, officials said.

Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water, officials said.

Under a boil advisory, customers can bathe or shower, as long as they don’t drink the water. If cloudy water runs through the tap, let it run until the water clears, city officials advised Thursday morning.

The Statesville Leisure Pool will remain closed until after the advisory is lifted.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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