Pilot Mountain maintenance crews spent several hours on Monday evening fixing a cracked water pipe outside East Surry High School.
A number of homes lost water service for several hours, and even once service was restored, town officials said there was a “boil water” advisory in effect at least until Tuesday evening.
About 1 p.m. Monday, motorists driving by the East Surry football field spotted water coming up through the roadway, said Michael Boaz, town manager. The town was alerted to the danger.
The water was leaking from a 10-inch water main.
At 7:30 p.m. Boaz said the town’s work crew had run into one hurdle in that there is no large valve in that stretch of pipe that allows water to be turned off just for that section of roadway.
He said at the time that it looked like the town would have to shut off the source of the water coming from the two water tanks so that repairs could take place, which obviously would interrupt service to customers.
At this point, Boaz said the town can’t say exactly what happened to the water main. This section of pipe is not one of the older areas of Pilot scheduled for preventative line replacement in long-time service plans.