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Town of Siler City issues Boil Water Advisory

A water main break occurred on South Second Avenue in front of Chatham Middle School.

Along with the school the affected areas are Dan Henry Siler Road and Autumn Drive.

Chatham County Water customers south of Siler City may also experience water loss owing to this water line break event.

When water systems lose pressure there is an increased risk of contamination. Therefore, if you live in an area that is impacted by this event, you are under a Boil Water Advisory.

As such, please follow these tips:

  • Boil water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation.
  • Water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and cooled before using.
  • Water for pets should be boiled and then cooled for their use.
  • Disinfect dishes by washing them in dishwashing machines that have a dry cycle or a final rise that exceeds 113 degrees F for 20 minutes, 122 degrees F for five minutes or 162 degrees F for one minute.

For more questions, please call the Siler City Water Department at 919-742-4732.

A Boil Water Advisory is a recommendation made to residents in a place to only drink tap water if it has been boiled for at least one minute. This recommendation is made to the town to protect the health of its people.

Boil Water Advisories are recommended when there is known contamination of the water supply or when there is a risk of contamination in the water supply.

People can drink tap water if it has been boiled for one minute. Cool and store all boiled water in a covered container. If you do not wish to boil your water, you may choose to buy commercially packaged water for drinking.

As long as the water is protected from contamination, it should remain safe to drink. Once the water has been boiled, cover it and place it in the refrigerator for future consumption.

For baby formula, sterilize all bottles, rings, utensils and nipples in boiling water for two minutes.  The water mixed with the formula should boil at a rolling boil for at least two minutes, this will sterilize the water.

Most residential coffee makers are not capable of maintaining high temperatures for a long enough period of time to make the water safe to drink.  Coffee and tea can be made by using water that has been brought to a rolling boil for a period of one minute or bottled water.  If using an automatic shut off kettle, make sure the water has boiled for one minute.

Pets should be provided boiled water, or water from an alternate source until the boil water advisory is lifted.

Charcoal filter systems, such as Brita, are not designed to remove containments from an unsafe water supply.

If you have run the water through your filter during the Boil Water Advisory it could be contaminated. It is recommended that you discard the filter and replace it with a new one once the Boil Water Advisory is over.

You can use the water for bathing as long as you do not drink it. Supervise babies and children during bathing to ensure that they do not drink the water.

The Boil Water Advisory has been recommended as a precaution.  If you drank the water before hearing of the advisory, your risk of becoming ill is low. However, if you begin to have fever, diarrhea or vomiting you should seek medical attention.  Advise your health care practitioner that you have consumed tap water during the Boil Water Advisory.

If your dishwasher has a hot/sani-cycle then it can be used, it safely disinfects dishes.  If it does not have this setting, after the final cycle, soak dishes for 1 minute in a solution of 30ml (1 oz) of bleach mixed with 13.5 liters (3 gallons) of lukewarm water.  Let dishes air dry.


Heavy Rainfall Expected for Chatham County Until Sunday

Hurricane Joaquin combined with another low pressure system moving through is expected to bring as much as 10 inches of rain to some parts of Chatham County through Monday.

Residents and businesses are advised to prepare for periods of flash flooding.

Forecasters still are not sure exactly if or when Hurricane Joanquin will make landfall, but regardless, the Triangle region is expecting periods of heavy to moderate rain until Sunday. The most immediate impacts will be flash flooding on roadways and stormwater drains.  However, rivers and streams also may be impacted.

If Joaquin does make landfall on or near the North Carolina coast, very gusty winds also could be a problem, especially for mature trees with saturated roots.  At this time, most forecasters are predicting that the hurricane will stay offshore as it passes North Carolina, but the track could change.

A low pressure area developing over Alabama will bring rain to our area tonight in advance of Joaquin’s arrival, so rivers and streams will already be carrying a lot of water.

“The most important point is to stay tuned to television and radio for updated flooding information,” said Janet Scott, director of Chatham County Emergency Management. “Better still, sign up to get weather notices through CodeRED .”

The link to sign up or add more telephones to CodeRED can be found as a news item on the Chatham County homepage at: