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Water main break in Raleigh causes boil water advisory

A water main break near the corner of Dixie Trail and Leonard Street in Raleigh left customers without water for a few hours and caused a boil water advisory Saturday and Sunday.
A water main break near the corner of Dixie Trail and Leonard Street in Raleigh left customers without water for a few hours and caused a boil water advisory Saturday and Sunday. ccioffi@newsobserver.com

A water main break at Dixie Trail and Leonard Street in Raleigh left customers without water for a few hours on Saturday and caused a boil water advisory that stretched into Sunday.

A six-inch diameter cast iron water line, about 50-60 years old in the area of Dixie Trail and Leonard Street broke on Saturday, leaving 21 customers without water for a few hours until a repair was made, said Ed Buchan, City of Raleigh environmental coordinator.

“Problem being these types of pipes are susceptible to breakage during substantial temperature swings – especially when we have a hard freeze,” Buchan said in an email Saturday.

The affected customers were under a boil water advisory until further notice.

Staff writer Chris Cioffi contributed to this report.

Abbie Bennett: 919-836-5768; @AbbieRBennett

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