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Boil water advisory in New Orleans East cancelled

The precautionary advisory was issued after a fire hydrant in the area was damaged.
Credit: New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board has lifted a precautionary boil water advisory for a limited portion of New Orleans East, which included the area bounded by Wright Road and Lucerne Street, I-10, Paris Road and Haynes Boulevard, as well as the Oak Island Subdivision.

The advisory was initially issued after water pressure fell below 20 pounds per square inch (PSI), after a fire hydrant was hit in the area.

The concern when water pressure drops below 20 PSI is the increased chance of water contamination, as bacteria and other harmful pathogens can enter the water stream more easily when the pressure is too low.

Residents in the affected area are advised to use bottled or boiled tap water to drink, cook, clean food or brush teeth until further notice. Residents with compromised immune systems should also use safe water to wash hands, shower or bathe. 

No other parts of the city were affected.

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