A portion of Walnut Cove residents in the downtown area woke up to find they had no water on Monday morning.
Town Manager Kim Greenwood said a water main break was reported in front of CVS on Main Street around 5:30 a.m. and a crew was on the scene within 30 minutes.
Greenwood originally assumed it was part of the town’s older galvanized piping, but said it stems from a line put in 20 to 30 years ago.
“If it’s man-made, it’s going to break. It happens, but we’re going to get it fixed,” he said. “I’m proud of our public works folks. They’re doing all they can and we’re expecting it to be corrected by three or four o’clock this afternoon.”
Chad Jarvis, who lives on Summit Street in Walnut Cove, said waking up with no water has been an ongoing issue over the past few years.
“It’s not just about the inconvenience of not having water, there’s fire protection issues and businesses that will end up losing money.”
Jarvis hopes to raise awareness and begin talks of looking into grants or possibly a bond referendum to address the town’s dated infrastructure.
“There’s a lot of great things happening in Walnut Cove. We need to bring some solutions to the table, not just complaints, and see what options are out there. Kim (Greenwood) and his staff do a good job, but we need to come together as a town and address these issues.”
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.