NEW ORLEANS — UPDATE: S&WB officials announced at 8:45 a.m. Saturday that the boil water advisory for all of the Lower 9th Ward and the part of New Orleans East surrounded by Bullard Avenue, I-10, Paris Road and Lake Ponchartrain is lifted.
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The boil water advisory that was issued for the Lower 9th Ward and part of New Orleans East on Thursday was still in effect Friday afternoon, Sewerage and Water Board officials said in an update.
The advisory is in effect for all of the Lower 9th Ward and the part of New Orleans East surrounded by Bullard Avenue, I-10, Paris Road and Lake Ponchartrain.
According to the S&WB, the boil water advisory was issued after a drop in pressure that was detected as crews were making repairs to the water distribution system.
Officials said crews re-opened multiple closed valves and the water towers at the S&WB Carrollton plant were activated to slow the pressure drop, but levels still dropped below safe levels in the affected areas.
Residents in other areas of New Orleans are NOT AFFECTED and do not need to boil water.
People living in the affected areas should follow the advice below:
Don't consume tap water
- Use bottled or boiled water to drink, cook, brush teeth, and mix baby formula.
- Wash fruits and vegetables with bottled or boiled water.
- Don't use ice from ice trays or ice makers. Make new ice with bottled or boiled water.
- To be safe, give your pets bottled or boiled water
Be careful bathing
- If you're a healthy adult, you can bathe or shower with tap water. Be careful not to swallow any water.
- Give babies and young children a sponge bath or use boiled water to bathe.
- If you have open wounds or a weakened immune system, use boiled water to bathe.
- Use hand sanitizer after washing hands.
Take care cleaning
- Wash countertops and tables with boiled water.
- Use a rinse temperature of 150° F or a sanitize cycle on your dishwasher.
- Wash dishes by hand as usual. Then soak in mixture of 1 gallon of water and 1 teaspoon of bleach for 1 minute.
- Do laundry as usual.
The Sewerage & Water Board will notify residents when the advisory is lifted, typically 24 hours after it is announced if the water tests come back clear.
If you have any questions, please call 52-WATER (504.529.2837).