Service was restored and workers repaired the water main break at 2:37 p.m. Wednesday.
City of Canton officials issued a boil water advisory in effect until further notice. If the water has low pressure or appears murky, then the water should be boiled for at least one minute after reaching a rolling boil, officials said.
Director of Emergency Management Jeff Hill said the break occurred when a tree fell about 300 yards away from Waleska Street, east of Sandy Hook Shopping Center. Hill said the tree had been there many years and its roots had wrapped around a water pipe, causing it to crack.
Hill was not certain of how many people lost water service, but said the entire Canton service area was affected. The water main break occurred around 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Hill said.
Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said Canton Elementary School, Hasty Elementary School, Cherokee High School, Ralph Bunche Center and Tippens Center were all without water service.
Jacoby said bottled water was distributed to students and staff, and water “buffalo” tanks were brought to the schools to be used to operate restroom facilities.
Zach Kell, owner of Goin’ Coastal restaurant in downtown Canton, said he had to close his restaurant for lunch on Wednesday and only served bottled water, beer and wine for dinner. Kell said the Cherokee County Health Department came to his restaurant to ensure Goin’ Coastal was following proper protocol, including boiling water and not using potentially contaminated foods.
For updates, call the information line at (770) 704-1549. For any other questions, call the Water Department at (770) 704-1501. Updates will also be posted on the city of Canton website as they become available.