CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C-- People living on Bells Island in Currituck County are advised to boil their drinking water.

The advisory was issued after a water line broke Thursday. Officials said the incident created the potential for cross-connections or 'back-sipohonage.'

The county advised residents to boil all water used for consumption, or to use bottled water.

Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any organisms that may be present in the water.

The advisory is expected to be lifted Friday at 10:30 a.m. Samples will be collected to confirm the water quality and residents will be notified if the advisory is extended.

The county says that residents may experience periods of low pressure and discolored water until full service is restored.

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