Around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Clover Town Administrator Allison Harvey said a line buried beneath U.S. 321 ruptured, sending thousands of gallons of water destined for faucets onto the highway.
“The pipe just basically split,” Harvey said. “It does happen from time to time, and I’m sure the cold weather was involved.”
Temperatures in Clover dipped below freezing Wednesday morning, but did not break single-digit record lows seen earlier this month.
Clover schools dismissed an hour early Wednesday, but will return to a normal schedule Wednesday. Harvey said efforts were made to contact area businesses directly affected by the lack of potable water.
“We made phone contact with as many restaurants as we could,” Harvey said. Some chose to open for lunch while others remained closed.
Residents will need to boil water through 2 p.m. Thursday, Harvey said, pending water quality tests.