Newton water outage forces schools, Catawba Co. court to close

Newton water outage forces schools, Catawba Co. court to close
(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)
(Steve Ohnesorge | WBTV)
(Source: City of Newton)
(Source: City of Newton)

NEWTON, NC (WBTV) - Newton residents are without water after a water line broke on Northwest Boulevard Wednesday morning, according to officials.

City officials were forced to turn off water service citywide, canceling classes at all Newton-Conover City Schools.

"With no water service to 4 of our 7 schools, our maintenance department, our food services department, central services, and our Pre-K, we will unfortunately be forced to cancel classes for ALL students today," school officials said.

The Catawba County Justice Center building is also closed due to the water outage. There will be no court hearings.

Wednesday will be an optional workday for staff and Kid Connection will open at Shuford Elementary School, school officials say.

The Division of Water Resources advises when the water is restored, consumers should boil it for human consumption, including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food.

The city also advises residents to use bottled water.

Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill and disease-causing organisms in water, city officials say.

The city strongly urges consumers to conserve water when possible.

Crews are working to isolate and repair the broken primary trunk water line.

No word on when the advisory is expected to be lifted.

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