CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – A boil water advisory that was issued Monday morning for residents in Carolina Beach has been rescinded as of Tuesday afternoon, according to officials.
Interim Town Manager Bruce Shell said Tuesday that the school system was not directly notified about the advisory while it was in place. Administrators learned about it through reports in the news, according to Shell.
"Schools are a priority," he said.
Carolina Beach Elementary, along with the New Hanover County School system, has been added to the town's Sunshine List for notifications. Shell said a phone call and a press release will be sent to the school system the next time something like this happens.
Lenita Griffin, a concerned resident, said she learned about the boil advisory Monday afternoon while waiting to pick up her daughter from school. She said she was relieved to see a water truck outside Carolina Beach Elementary, but she wanted to know about the problem sooner.
"There should be a better way to notify the town residents if the water's been compromised," she said.
Mayor Bob Lewis agreed Tuesday that a notification plan should be in place. He said he will work with town staff to create a solution involving water customers and phone numbers.
According to town leaders, Carolina Beach's primary water treatment facility had a temporary loss of water pressure Monday. The interruption resulted in a lack of water pressure throughout the town's water distribution system.
Officials say periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.