CHATHAM COUNTY — Chatham authorities are urging residents in the northern part of the county to boil water before using it after a water system malfunction on Wednesday.
Residents in several communities reported unexpected low water pressure and outages, according to county officials. The problems may allow bacteria to seep into the water pipes, they said.
The boil-water notice affects Hudson Hills, Briar Chapel, Fearrington Village, Galloway Ridge, Woods Charter School, Manns Chapel, Hamlet Grove, Prestonwood and Monterrane. County water users in those areas should boil all water that they’ll consume, including drinking water, water for ice cubes and water for dish-washing and food preparation. Bottled water is also an option.
“Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water,” Leonard McBryde, director of Chatham County Water Utilities, said in a written statement. “This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.”
The cause of the malfunction remains under investigation.