LAPLACE, La. — Update: The boil water advisory for LaPlace has been lifted and residents can resume normal water use, officials said 9:20 a.m. Saturday 

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Water service for the entire city of LaPlace was shut down Thursday night as crews do emergency water line repairs to a main water line.

St. John the Baptist Parish Parish government said the shut off began at 11 p.m. and would last for four to six hours.

"Utilities has exhausted all other efforts and this is the last resort," a statement from the parish government said.

When water is restored, a boil water advisory will go into effect for the area until further notice due to the loss of water pressure. The Utilities Department will lift the boil water advisory after the Louisiana Department of Health determines that collected water samples are safe.

Don't consume tap water

  • Use bottled or boiled water to drink, cook, brush teeth, and mix baby formula.
  • Boil water for one minute in a clean container before using. 
  • 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.

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