The RRSD system pressure advisory does not apply to its consumers in Roanoke Rapids or Halifax County, CEO Dan Brown said in the notice.
The advisory comes as Northampton County consumers are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a broken 12-inch water main.
Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increase the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system.
Out of an abundance of caution, when water service is restored consumers are advised to boil all water used for human consumption — including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation — or use bottled water.
Vigorous boiling for one minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.
Water customers are strongly urged to conserve water whenever possible.
This advisory remains in effect until further written notification is issued.