AYDEN — Ayden residents are under a boil-water advisory, due to a water line accidentally being hit by a contractor.

Some residents have experienced periods of low water pressure and no water pressure. When this happens, it increases the risk of back flow, which can introduce bacteria into the water system, according to David Jones, distributions and collections supervisor for the town.

Because of this, residents are advised to boil any water used for human consumption — or use bottled water — especially water used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food, Jones said.

Vigorously boiling water for one minute typically kills any disease causing organisms present in the water, he said

Jones said that that areas being affected include the South Ayden Housing Authority, Roberta Drive, Liberty Street, W. Barwick Street and Lee Street, between W. Barwick and Thad Little roads.

Customers are being asked to conserve water as much as possible. The boil-water advisory will remain in effect until further written notification is issued.

Residents are urged to go to Ayden.com to find the latest updates concerning the water advisory, Jones said.

Ayden residents also are being advised that N.C. 11 will have lane closures in both directions from Monday through Thursday.

The inside lane of N.C. 11 South will be closed from Old Snowhill Road to Elliot Dixon Road. The inside lane of the N.C. 11 North will be closed from Jacksontown Road to Elliot Dixon.

The lane closures are due to work including the installation of overhead sign footings, cable guide rails and guardrails and grade work.