UPDATED: Residents asked to conserve water after major leak in northeast Fayetteville

City of Fayetteville

UPDATE 9/21/21 5:53 p.m.: The water main repair is complete. Some houses will be under a boil order, but they’ll be notified directly. Everyone else is asked to continue conserving water for the next 24 hours.

The city’s water tanks are less than half full after a major water leak that occurred Monday evening in northeast Fayetteville.

A 36-inch water main line broke near Pine Avenue, causing flooding at Makeig Court off Warwick Drive and reduced water pressure in the surrounding neighborhoods, according to a news release.

“City water crews have isolated the broken line and are working to repair it,” said Tim Nyander, the city’s utilities director.

In the meantime, residents are being asked to restrict water usage to only drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. Officials are requesting that irrigation and sprinkler systems be turned off, and that people avoid any unnecessary water usage for the next 24 hours.

City of Fayetteville

The repair work is expected to last most of the day Tuesday. After that, it will take about 24 hours to refill the water tanks.

In the meantime, the city’s tanks are being stabilized, which may cause some residents to experience temporarily low water pressure and air in home water lines, according to Nyander, who said the water is currently safe for consumption. If a boil order is required, residents will be contacted directly.