Wake County Superior Court Judge Don Stephens Tuesday afternoon issued a temporary restraining order preventing the City of Asheville's water system from being transferred to a regional water system.
The City of Asheville had sued the state, after the Republican-led legislature had passed a bill transferring the city's water system. GOP Gov. Pat McCrory said he would let the bill become law without signing it.
The judge said he would hold a hearing on the preliminary injunction within 10 days. The transfer of the water system was to have taken place Wednesday.