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Posted on: March 20, 2023

Grifton, N.C. System Pressure Advisory - Water Boil Still in Effect


March 20, 2023



Grifton, N.C. System Pressure Advisory

Water boil recommendation still in effect


PITT COUNTY, N.C. – On Friday, March 17, 2023 at 4:00 p.m., Pitt County Environmental Health (EH) was notified of a System Pressure Advisory issued for the Town of Grifton, N.C. 


A System Pressure Advisory can be issued by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) during periods of low pressure or system outages.  Low or no system pressure increases the possibility that bacteria could be introduced into the water system.   


North Carolina Public Health (NCPH) issued an emergency guidance recommendation, as a precaution, that water for human consumption (food, drinking, brushing of teeth, etc.) be boiled for one minute before use.  Alternatively, bottle water may be used. 


Environmental Health alerted Pitt County Schools of the advisory. EH staff also notified the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (NCDCDEE) Childcare consultant for the area so the consultant could advise the local child care centers. 


Environmental Health Food & Lodging staff mobilized making door to door visits to every restaurant in Grifton Friday night. Each establishment was given the NCPH System Pressure Advisory Guidance fact sheet and staff phone numbers. 


“On Friday evening, Environmental Health staff met with Grifton River Oak Assisted Living facility staff to ensure they understood the situation.  We made sure they knew if it became necessary, they would need to implement their emergency water plan,” says Angela Manning, Environmental Health Director.


“The advisory remains in place by NCDEQ and testing continues today. It is hoped favorable results will be received on Tuesday, and the advisory can be lifted,” says Dr. John L. Silvernail, Pitt County Public Health Director. 


For more information, call Pitt County Environmental Health at 252-902-3200.   


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