ROSEBORO — Maintenance work on five inoperable fire hydrants led the Town of Roseboro’s Public Works and Utilities Department to issue a boil water advisory to town water customers late Monday night.
“We had about four or five fire hydrants that weren’t working, and the water had to be cut off last night so that Arnold Sandy (of Sandy’s Hauling and Backhoe Service in Roseboro) and his crew could come in a fix the pipes, replace the pipes,” informed Roseboro mayor David Alexander Tuesday morning.
“We were going to do it Friday night but that’s kind of a busy night so we did it Monday night instead,” he added.
David Phillips, Roseboro’s Public Works director, shared that two of the hydrants were replaced with new ones while two others were capped off and taken off the town’s water system.
“The fifth one we just put a valve in because we were running out of time,” he said.
According to the advisory, town officials announced that the town’s water would be cut off at 10 p.m. Monday and they suggested that water customers conserve water until it was turned back on, which Phillips noted was around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Town officials also advised customers, once they had water again, to boil water that was to be consumed, which includes water used for everything from drinking, and cooking to making ice and washing hands, as “vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.”
The boil water advisory continues to be in effect. It will stay in effect, noted Phillips, until water sample results are received and town officials have proof that the water is safe for customers. Those results — and therefore the lift of the advisory — likely will not be in until Wednesday afternoon, he added.
“When the guy came to take the samples he said that everything looked good, that he didn’t see anything wrong, but we’ve got to do that (maintain the boil water advisory) as a precautionary measure.”
Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.