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Outer Banks residents experience water issues after major water main breaks in NC

Although service has been restored for those who live in Avon, North Carolina, an advisory to boil water used for human consumption remains in effect.
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DARE COUNTY, N.C. —

North Carolinians who live in the Avon area of the Outer Banks are having difficulties with their water pressure and may run out of it after a major main broke early Sunday.

Dare County officials said a major water main that affects that area broke Sunday, June 13 around 2 a.m. That's when crews responded, and they have been on the scene since then.

People in the Avon community are experiencing very low water pressure and have been advised to limit their usage.

According to officials, as of 9 a.m., there was still about four feet of water left in the elevated tower. They said repairs are expected to be finished by the afternoon.

The water department said service was restored at around 3 p.m., but residents might continue to experience periods of low pressure. They said "consumers should boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, and making ice) or use bottled water. Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water."

This will be a 24-hour advisory and is happening as a safety measure to ensure that the necessary bacteriological test is done.