Water Main Break Prompts Boil Water Advisory

A water main rupture in the east has prompted a precautionary boil water advisory for residents.

Onslow Water and Sewer Authority, ONWASA, advised residents along Highway 24 in Jacksonville to boil their water once service is restored around noon on Monday.

Early Monday morning an eight inch water main ruptured, affecting residents on the northern side of West Corbett Avenue/Highway 24 between Swansboro/Belgrade Road to Queens Creek Road, including Seth Thomas Lane and Leslie Lane.

Once the water is back on, ONWASA officials say, as a precaution, residents should boil water used for human consumption at a rolling boil for 1 to 3 minutes.

This includes water used for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, or preparing food.

There is no need to boil water for showering or bathing.

Workers say there is no indication of any contamination, and ONWASA will notify residents when laboratory testing confirms that the water system is operating normally.

Once water service is restored, it will be at least 24 hours until testing is complete.

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