The Town of Williamston is under a boil water advisory at least until 2 p.m. today (Monday) due to a water main break that happened late Saturday night. Williamston water customers are being advised to boil water for one minute before drinking or cooking with it.
The pipe has been repaired and water test samples taken. Results of the tests are expected around 2 p.m., however the town is asking residents to boil their water until the water samples are confirmed safe for consumer use.
Officials said a 12-inch water main pipe line broke around midnight Saturday and town utility workers worked on it through the night.
Assistant Utilities Director David Rogers said workers initially were concerned that a water main crossing Big Creek may have broken because of the amount of water, which was already high due to recent rains.
The leak was eventually traced to a main water line located behind the Williamston Municipal Center.
Rogers said the line was located under two concrete drains and the weight of water runoff in the drains during the recent rains may have pushed down on the line contributing to the water main break.