boil water advisory

City of New Orleans

A wide swath of Uptown New Orleans will remain under a precautionary boil water advisory until at least Wednesday afternoon, according to a city press release.

A boil water advisory means residents in the affected area should not drink, make ice from, brush teeth, bathe or shower, prepare or rinse food with tap water unless it has been properly disinfected. Disinfecting water by boiling it requires heating water in a clean container until it reaches a rolling boil, then continuing to boil it for at least one full minute.

The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board has canceled the boil water advisory for the east bank of Orleans Parish, the city announced this afternoon.

The S&WB, in conjunction with the state Department of Health and Hospitals, conducted bacteriological tests on the city's water supply after yesterday's outage, and determined that the water is safe for consumption.

The outage occurred Sunday morning after a fire in the S&WB's main boiler room on South Claiborne Ave. knocked equipment offline, causing water pressure throughout the system to drop below safe levels.

Most New Orleans residents have water service this morning, but it’s not officially safe to drink. A boil-water advisory remains in effect for the east bank of the parish.

This article has been updated.

A boil water advisory for the East Bank of Orleans Parish will remain in effect until further notice, the city announced this morning.

According to Marcia St. Martin, spokeswoman for the Sewerage & Water Board, there was a small fire at approximately 9 a.m. this morning in the boiler room at the Sewerage & Water Board plant on S. Claiborne Ave. The interruption caused a loss of 25-cycle power, and water pressure in the system dipped below 15 psi — the threshold for issuing a boil water advisory.

It’s safe to drink the water again in New Orleans. The boil-water advisory is now canceled.

Thousands of New Orleans residents may be skipping their morning shower, due to a boil-water advisory that remains in effect for most of the city.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A boil water advisory has been issued for a large area of New Orleans east.

The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans says water pressure dropped in the area Tuesday night when a 30-inch water main broke about 11 p.m.

The boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice for customers in an area bounded by Morrison Road, Hayne Boulevard, Downman Road and Bullard Road.