NEW ORLEANS - The city of New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board has issued boil water order for the east bank of Orleans Parish as a precaution because of a loss of power at the main water plant at 8:30 am.
The order says residents on the east bank should not drink, make ice from, brush teeth, bathe or shower, prepare or rinse food with tap water unless it has been properly disinfected until further notice. The order does not affect Algiers.
S&WB Executive Director Marcia St. Martin said the outage lasted a matter of minutes and that likely the water supply was not compromised.
"In our professional opinion, the water is fine," she said, adding that the water pressure at the main plant did not get below the threshold to implement the boil water order, but that some customers in far away parts of the distribution area had pressure drop below the threshold.
She said samples of the water have been taken and the results will come back about 2 p.m. Tuesday. St. Martin said she expects that the results will be good.
She said that preventative maintenance was the culprit in the outage that lasted about three minutes.
S&WB officials say you should let your water get to a rolling boil and then continue it for another minute before consuming.
"A momentary loss of 25-cycle power at about 8:30 a.m. at the main water plant brought water pressure to low levels throughout the east bank of the city," said a statement from the city. "Out of an abundance of caution, residents are advised that the quality of the water may be unsafe due to bacteriological contamination."