Fort Bragg, N.C. - Fort Bragg officials declared a water shortage Thursday after the post's main supply line was damaged.
Officials confirmed the shortage to WRAL-TV, but did not say what caused the water main break. They said the repairs could take up to 30 hours to complete.
Until then, the post's only water supply will come from an emergency 12-inch connection on the eastern side of Fort Bragg.
Residents and others are being asked to take "extreme conservation measures" to reduce water use during the emergency. No one is allowed to wash vehicles, buildings, sidewalks or other structures without permission, use automated irrigation equipment or fill ponds, pools or fountains.
Restaurants were instructed to serve water only at the customer's request, and everyone was urged to reduce water use by at least 40 percent.
"It is the primary responsibility of each user to meet its mandated water use reduction in whatever manner possible, including limitation of operating hours, or days if necessary," post officials said in a statement to the television station.