Fort Bragg releasing non-essential personnel because of water main break

Fort Bragg water main repairs are ongoing Friday afternoon. (WTVD)

FORT BRAGG (WTVD) - Fort Bragg officials are releasing all non-essential personnel after the base suffered a water main break. It's asking everyone who remains to limit water use and boil water while crews work to fix the problem.

Officials tell ABC11 it was a 36-inch PWC pipe that ruptured near the old water treatment plant.

The water main break has forced several shutdowns on post, including all Child Development Centers. Fort Bragg is asking parents to pick their children up immediately.

READ MORE from ABC affiliate WTVD here.

Crews were on the scene within an hour when the first discovered the free flowing water around 4:30 a.m. Since then, Fort Bragg has installed a bypass system in place to keep water flowing to the most critical areas.

Those areas include Womack Army Medical Center, which is getting the majority of the water from that bypass system.

Womack has cancelled elective surgeries at the hospital and have cases of bottled water and ready wipes. Womack officials stress that infection control is their number one priority, assuring the public that all safety measures they are taking are within infection control guidelines.

Crews hope to fix the issue by the end of the day. Fort Bragg will give the all clear once the situation is under control.

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