- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

STANLEY, N.C. (AP) - The town of Stanley is without water after authorities say a contractor installing fiber optic cable pierced a 12-inch main.

Several area media outlets report the main was pierced late Friday morning. Town Manager Heath Jenkins said no one in the town has water.

Restaurants in the Gaston County town of 3,500 had to stop serving food because of health sanitation rules. School officials said the three schools in town closed about an hour early.

Jenkins says when water service is restored, residents will be told to boil their water for 1 minute until further notice. He said it will also take time before lines build up pressure.

Stanley is almost 20 miles northwest of Charlotte.

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