NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish issued a boil water advisory for the entire West Bank of the parish, with two exceptions – Grand Isle and the City of Gretna Public Utilities Department.
The advisory was issued Tuesday morning as a precautionary measure because of the loss of pressure at the West Bank Water Treatment Plant and subsequently in the distribution system due to work being performed by an outside contractor replacing water valves at the intersection of Ames Blvd. and Lapalco Blvd.
All residents are urged not to drink the water without boiling or disinfecting it first, or use bottled water.
Restaurants are one of the businesses most effected. At Perino's Boiling Pot in Harvey staff made big changes to the daily routine with no fountain drinks or draft beer available. All beverages served Tuesday are bottled and canned.
While the restaurant could still take care of diners owner Vicky Perino says some customers didn't know about the order and were very disappointed. She said, “Iced tea. They're not getting the iced tea. That's what they are unhappy about so we're serving them Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke with a straw. We are not using any dish ware that we have to wash. Everything is disposable today. We are making the accommodations and that's all we can do.”
Several people we spoke with wondered why they didn't get a text alert from the parish on their phones.
Parish president Mike Yenni tells Fox 8 media alerts went out immediately.
Boil water advisories are rare in the parish and are not currently a part of the text alert system, but he said officials will review that protocol to best inform residents.
This advisory will remain in effect until rescinded by Jefferson Parish Water Department or the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
Bacteriological samples were collected Tuesday morning and analyzed from the distribution system to assure the water meets potable water standards.
If all seventy samples are clear the advisory will be lifted, but the numerous samples will allow any areas that show elevated bacteria to be isolated and treated.
Jefferson Parish Schools officials are providing safe drinking water to schools impacted by the advisory. Special meals prepared at safe water kitchens are also being delivered to students .
For more information call the Jefferson Parish Water Department at (504) 736-6743.