WEB: Pinehurst Water Scare Caused by Test-Site Contaminant
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One contaminated spigot at a private residence was the apparent source of the weekend water scare in Pinehurst and Seven Lakes last month.
County Public Works Director Marcus Jones confirmed that the source of the fecal coliform contamination has been traced to one household, where "a plumbing situation" was detected. The determination was reached late last week.
Jones said the household spigot has since been disinfected, cleaned, tested and retested, and public utilities personnel are almost 100 percent sure that the source of contamination has been detected and corrected. All test results have come back negative since the initial detection.
"It's been retested in all places over and over again, and it got good results every time," he said.
Jones said state regulatory rules require the actions that Moore County took in dispatching the water-boil advisory Friday, Aug. 18. The advisory meant that all customers on the Pinehurst and Seven Lakes water systems were required to boil drinking water and all eating establishments were closed during the advisory.
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