Main water line breaks in Tryon

Published 3:14 pm Friday, February 1, 2019

Boil water advisory issued for some of downtown

TRYON — Not long after the North Carolina Department of Transportation paved Trade Street in Tryon, a main water line break occurred sometime early Friday morning.

A boil water notice was issued just before noon Friday along Trade Street/U.S. 176 from Maple Street to Carolina Drive.

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Tryon Town Manager Zach Ollis said the break occurred sometime overnight, with crews discovering it around 5 a.m. Friday.

“It was coming out of the ground,” Ollis said. “The break was just above the Sidestreet entrance, closer to the railroad.”

Ollis said around noon Friday that the public works crew knows there a leak and they were trying to find the break to see if it was clean or a crack.

“That will determine how they have to fix it,” he said.

The boil water notice could last for 24-48 hours, depending on when the break can be repaired.

The new pavement will also have to be repaired following the crew repairing the break.

Once water is restored, customers between Maple Street and Carolina Drive are advised to boil all water for human consumption, including for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation, or to use bottled water.

The area was experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system because of the break. The town said periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and the introduction of bacteria in the water system. 

Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.

The boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notification from the town.