NEW ORLEANS - On Monday afternoon, residents on the east bank of Orleans Parish had been under a boil water advisory for more than 24 hours.
From restaurants to homes to schools and even hospitals, the advisory has been troublesome for thousands.
At Uptown's Benjamin Franklin Elementary, signs were up warning students not to use the water fountains.
As the boil water advisory stretched into a second day, extra bottled water and handwipes were being used instead of running water.
Crews continued to test the parish's water supply after a fire broke out Sunday and damaged one of the boilers at a power plant, officials said.
In turn, water pressure dropped, which sparked concerns about possible contamination. Schools began preparing for the conditions.
"Yesterday afternoon we were notified that we would have some water delivered by the school board and we should notify parents that they need to bring water," said Charlotte Matthew, the principal of Benjamin Franklin Elementary.
The boil water advisory is expected to continue into Monday afternoon, and there is no word on when it is expected to end.
This is the city's second boil water notice in five months.
The Sewerage and Water Board offered tips for those planning to use tap water:
- Boil water for one minute and let it cool down prior to consumption. That includes water set to be used for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth or preparing food.
- It's not necessary to boil tap water for showering, laundry or bathing.
- Those that do shower or bathe should make sure open wounds are not immune-compromised.