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Reidsville boil water advisory lifted Friday, officials say

The water samples collected and incubated for 24 hours showed no signs of contamination.

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — Update: The Boil Water Advisory for Reidsville has been lifted Friday. The water samples collected Thursday and incubated for 24 hours show no signs of contamination. 

Rockingham County Schools said they will refrain for the rest of the day from having children consume any non-bottled water at the affected schools.  

On Thursday, the city of Reidsville said water service has been restored after a contractor hit the city's main water line Wednesday afternoon. The boil water advisory is still in effect. Crews worked through the early morning hours to make the repairs. 

The boil water advisory has been extended until noon on Friday, Oct. 7 as a precaution. 

The city said there have been very few reports of brown water. They'll take water samples to be tested. 

What does a Boil Water Advisory mean? 

  • Consumers should boil all water used for human consumption or use bottled water. 
  • This includes drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and in food preparation. 
  • Vigorous boiling of water should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water. 

Schools impacted

The city announced that water service was shut down on Wednesday. Several Rockingham County Schools had to close because of it. 

The following schools were closed on Thursday. RCS said the students will make up the day on Oct. 31. 

  • South End Elementary
  • Williamsburg Elementary
  • Monroeton Elementary
  • Booker T. Washington Learning Center
  • Reidsville Middle School
  • Reidsville High School

On Friday, October 7, Bethany Elementary School will operate on a three-hour delay. The school district is asking students to bring at least one bottle of water with them to school on Friday. 

Businesses impacted

While some businesses are open like Foster's Grill in Reidsville, there are some changes to the menu. 

Gregory Lee owns the restaurant. He's also the chef here.

He said after finding out about the boil water advisory, he had to take some items off the menu to protect the public's safety.

Lee said they scratched off their gravy and the hibachi.

He said thankfully, they prepped some rice before the boil advisory was announced.

But, once they run out, they can't make new rice. 

"Immediately, I go into OK how do we rearrange or what do we have to do differently and make sure my staff understands and make sure my cooks understand even if they may not have had the proper training I had, so I have to be here all day and I know that's a sacrifice that I have to make to make sure that things don't go wrong," Lee said. 


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