Boil water advisory lifted for part of Uptown

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Posted on July 24, 2013 at 6:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 3:19 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - The boil water advisory has been lifted after bacteriological tests confirmed water was safe, according to a statement from the mayor's office.

"The advisory was cancelled after the bacteriological tests confirmed that water in the area was safe to drink and could be used as normal for personal needs," said a statment from the mayor's office.

Officials from the Sewerage and Water Board recommend running water for five minuted before using and discarding ice, even though water samples have come back clean. Customers will receive a one-day credit on water bills in the area affected by boil-water advisory.

Water samples were also expected to come back at 3:30 p.m. to see if the precautionary boil water advisory can be lifted.

The advisory applied to South Carrollton Avenue from Maple Street to the river, Maple Street to Loyola Street, Loyola Street to Jackson Avenue and Jackson Avenue to the river.

After getting reports of low water pressure around 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Sewerage and Water Board discovered a 30-inch water main break in the 7800 block of Cohn Street.

The break flooded blocks of the Carrollton neighborhood and caused water to fill up in some cars before many people were awake.

The water rose to nearly three feet in some areas.

The water pressure was restored, but just before noon, a boil water advisory was issued.

"If the results showed that the area we collected data had less than 15 psi, we would have immediately issued that advisory because that's what the regulation says. It was at 16, and at 16 we had to be very precautionary in balancing that inconvenience this caused with public health," said Marcia St. Martin, the executive director of S&WB.

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