A water boil advisory should be lifted today for many residents who were affected by two water main breaks early Thursday morning.

The water main breaks happened within just a few hours of one another, but were not related, according to City of Aiken Public Works Director Larry Morris.

“It’s a very unusual coincidence that you would have two breaks at the same time,” he said.

The first main break, which occurred shortly after midnight, was in a 12-inch pipe in the Woodside Plantation area, knocking out water service for customers from Steeplechase Road to West Pleasant Colony Drive and Anderson Pond Road.

The second break in a 6-inch pipe occurred around 2:45 a.m. and cut water service to many living in the Deerwood neighborhood, from Pine Log Road to Troon Way.

Both pipes were repaired and water was restored by Friday afternoon.

Morris said the water will be tested for contaminants, per regulations put in place by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Residents affected by the breaks are strongly encouraged to boil their water before use for at least 24 hours after their water service was restored.

Residents who have questions or concerns they may call the City of Aiken Engineering and Utilities at 642-7610.