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File photo by Ben Brown
File photo by Ben Brown

CAROLINA BEACH – Residents around Carolina Beach are being told to avoid doing laundry this morning as crews work to flush discolored water from the system.

A mechanical failure early Thursday morning caused an excess of Sodium Permanganate in the water system. The chemical is normally used to treat potable water, according to a press release from the Carolina Beach Operations Department.

β€œThe state has been notified, and no health advisories are necessary,” the release states.

Crews are now draining the water tank on Alabama Avenue of any discolored water. This work should take until 1 p.m. Thursday, at which time water pressure should return to normal. While all regions of Carolina Beach may notice discoloration and low water pressure, the town expects the Wilmington Beach area, south of Raleigh Avenue, to be most affected.

Residents with questions may call the the Operations Department at 910-458-8291.