MAYSVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Water in one Eastern Carolina town is safe to drink after a major break shut off water for most of the day on Thursday.
Maysville says tests show no bacteria is in the water.
The town had to shut off the town's water Thursday morning after the water main break. Water didn't come back on until after 6:00 p.m. but residents were still told to boil their water before drinking it or using it for food preparation.
The cause of the water main break was due to an aging pipe.
Bottled water is being handed out at town hall in Maysville as the entire town is without water.
A water main break at Main Street and Highway 58 has forced the Jones County town to shut down water to all of its residents.
All restaurants are closed, while the shutoff is also impacting other businesses.
The town now expects water to be turned back around 7:00 p.m.this evening. The damage was greater than first thought and they had to wait for a part to arrive.
The break was in one of the town's largest water mains that supports most of the water system.
"We had to actually end up turning the whole town off," said town manager Schumata Brown. "We tried to isolate it, and we couldn’t isolate this one particular area so we had to end up turning the whole town off.”
Residents are being told to boil any water they may have had prior to the system being shut down, and once the leak is fixed they will need to continue boiling the water until tests come back to say it is safe to drink.