Restaurants closed as Atlantic Beach under boil water advisory

Restaurants closed as Atlantic Beach under boil water advisory.
ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (WITN) – The entire town of Atlantic Beach is under a boil water advisory.
The town says it came after a sample taken this week showed E. coli in the water.
The advisory has caused all restaurants in the town to shut down.
People are being told to boil water for at least a minute before using it for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation.
Motels and hotels are allowed to stay open as long as they notify guests, shut off water fountains and ice machines, and provide guests with bottled water and hand sanitizer.
They also must discontinue continental breakfasts or provide pre-packaged meals.
The town says it is looking at the water system and feels the bacterial contamination could of happened due to increased run-off entering the drinking water source, a break in the system, or faulty backflow prevention values on people’s properties.
The boil water advisory is in effect until further notice, according to the town.

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