Boil water notice lifted for water customers in Newton - | WBTV Charlotte

Boil water notice lifted for water customers in Newton

Crews worked to fix the broken line Wednesday. (Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV) Crews worked to fix the broken line Wednesday. (Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)
NEWTON, NC (WBTV) -

A boil water notice has been lifted for water customers in Newton, nearly 40 hours after a major 12-inch water line broke, cutting service to the entire Newton City Water System.

The break early Wednesday morning forced the closing of several schools, the suspension of court hearings at the Justice Center and led to the shutdown of several businesses, especially restaurants.

It happened in a line that officials believe is more than 50 years old and it happened right under busy Northwest Boulevard. They don't think recent cold weather caused the break. Instead they believe it was just the result of the line's age.

It took more than ten hours before they could cut the flow of water coming out of the broken pipe so repairs could begin. At least 600,000 gallons of water were lost.

Repairing the break didn't take too long once the water was cut off to the broken section. However, officials said it could take hours to restore normal pressure and, because of the break and some lines being empty for hours, health protocol prompted officials to issue a boil notice for water customers. 

As a precaution the boil notice was given out. Samples were taken and test results came back Thursday clean.

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