Sunday, May 28, 2023

Water main breaks hit downtown Wilmington, Masonboro Sound; customers advised to boil water

Water main breaks due to freezing temperatures have occurred across town in Wilmington, with 220 customers under a water boil advisory. (Port City Daily photo / Ben SCHACHTMAN)

Update 2:52 p.m. —CFPUA responding to another water main break at Southern Boulevard and Jefferson Street

WILMINGTON — Due to freezing temperatures, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) is responding to three water main breaks across Wilmington. Approximately 220 residents are currently under a water boil advisory.

Crews are responding to a 12-inch main break on North 15th Street, an 8-inch main break on Orchard Trace, and a 6-inch main break on Southern Boulevard and Jefferson Street.

Southern Boulevard and Jefferson Street intersection is closed to through traffic.

The emergency water main breaks are affecting approximately 150 customers in the downtown area and 70 customers on Orchard Trace off Masonboro Sound Road, who are now all under a water boil advisory.

Areas affected by the boil advisory include:

  • 7000 – 7333 Orchard Trace
  • 201 – 411 North 15th Street
  • 201 – 219 North 16th Street
  • 1309 – 1519 Chestnut Street
  • 1310 -1410 Grace Street
  • 1301 – 1407 Princess Street
  • 209 North 14th Street
  • 212 North 13th Street
  • 201 – 220 N. 15th Street

Customers in the above listed areas will experience outages or low-pressure Friday. When pipes experience low or no pressure, the potential for the presence of bacteria in the public water system increases.

Affected customers should boil water for human or animal consumption for at least one minute to kill bacteria.

CFPUA estimates the boil advisory will be lifted in 24 hours, according to its release.

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