The precautionary boil water advisory for a limited area of New Orleans East is still in effect. Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO), in consultation with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), is testing water quality samples, which may take up to 24 hours to achieve results.
SWBNO will notify residents and businesses when the boil water advisory is canceled. Customers in other areas of the city are not affected and do not need to boil their water.
Currently the area affected by the precautionary boil advisory includes the area bounded by Wright Road / Lucerne Street, 1-10, Paris Road and Haynes Blvd -- it also includes Oak Island Subdivision.
Water pressures in this area fell below 20 pounds per square inch (psi) when a fire hydrant was struck in the area.
A map of the affected area can be found here: https://swbno.org/News/BoilWater
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.
SWBNO, in partnership with the LDH, issues boil water advisories out of an abundance of caution for areas where water pressure drops below 20 psi.
We agree with the recommendations of LDH that it is prudent to issue these advisories out of an abundance of caution. The concern is that a pressure drop inside a water pipe could allow bacteriological contaminants to enter.
Continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during a boil water advisory by washing your hands often with boiled or bottled water.
Healthy adults should take the following precautions:
- Washing hands: Use soap and tap water, dry hands, then apply hand sanitizer; the safest option is to wash with bottled or boiled water.
- Showering or bathing: Be careful not to swallow any water. Infants, young children and disabled persons should be supervised to ensure water is not ingested. Residents with open wounds, chronic illness or weakened immune systems should use boiled or bottled water to bathe until the advisory is lifted.
If you have any questions, please call 52-WATER (504-529-2837).
INSTRUCTIONS FOR BOILING WATER
Bring water to a rolling boil in a clean container for a full minute. If the water has a flat taste afterward, shake it in a bottle or pour it from one container to another.
Please review general and LDH recommendations for managing a boil water advisory at http://ready.nola.gov/plan/boil-water/