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Water-main break forces early release of Charter School students


LTN staff reports


A water line break southwest of Lincolnton forced one school to release students early on Tuesday and affected service to an estimated 1,000 Lincoln County water customers in the area, according to Public Works Director Don Chamblee.

An alert notification announcing the break said a team was working on the problem at 8:55 a.m. and expected to have the break at the N.C. 150 bypass and Lynwell Road repaired by noon.

Lincoln Charter School’s Lincolnton Campus, located between N.C. 27 and N.C. 182, released its students in compliance with state health regulations when a loss of water pressure occurs.

Lincoln County Public Schools meanwhile told the Times-News that none of their campuses were affected.

Chamblee said there could be a number of reasons for this type of break — which can often occur one or two times a year — from something done differently during the installation of the pipe to something found within it.

Nonetheless, workers were able to isolate the problem to limit its impact, and the line was repaired on schedule.

The water pressure could be brought back up after “bleeding the air off,” he said.

Chamblee additionally noted that there were no water-safety concerns, with no boil-water advisories issued.


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