Update: Crews are working quickly on Austin Avenue at Drew Avenue to repair a broken pipe fitting on an underground water main. Water is shut off to about 150 customers in Bluewater Rise, Evans Mill, and Sir James Lane. A planned outage was scheduled to begin overnight, but the pipe fitting collapsed on Monday, forcing a crew to start the work immediately with work expected to be done by 6 p.m.
Approximately 150 households will be affected during a July 28 outage.
The City of New Bern Water Resources Division is planning the water outage next week.
Crews have detected a broken fitting in a 10-inch water main underground. In order to repair it, crews will need to excavate down to the fitting and shut off water to approximately 150 households.
The affected customers reside in the Bluewater Rise and Evans Mills neighborhoods as well as customers along Sir James Lane.
The planned water outage will last from approximately midnight to 4 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28. Crews strategically selected the overnight hours in order to minimize impact to customers.
However, when customers wake up Tuesday morning, they will be under a System Pressure Advisory which means they will need to boil water for human use until bacteriological tests can be completed.
A boil water advisory means customers should boil all water for one minute and then allow it to cool before use. These uses include for drinking water, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, making coffee, preparing food, washing fruits and vegetables, etc.
One road closure is associated with this project: beginning Monday, July 27, Austin Avenue between Old Airport Road and Drew Avenue will be closed so that crews can begin excavating down to the broken water main fitting.
Once repairs are made, a temporary stone patch will be in place until the paving contractor can resurface this intersection.