New Orleans, La.- The City of New Orleans has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for all of the East Bank of Orleans Parish.
"At approximately 9 a.m. Sunday morning, an interruption in boiler room at S&WB Power Plant caused a loss of 25-cycle power," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Engineers were able to transition to 60-cycle power but water pressure dipped below 15 psi (pounds per square inch), which is the threshold established by public health officials for issuing a boil water advisory.
Officials say water pressure has stabilized across most of the city; however, this boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice for customers in the affected area. Now, S&WB engineers and public health officials will undertake testing of water samples from across the city.
Sewerage & Water Board officials recommend that customers boil their water for one minute and let it cool down prior to consumption, including drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, bathing or preparing food.
Officials say to boil water for one full minute in a clean container. The one-minute boil time begins after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. If there is a flat taste, it can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or pouring it from one container to another.
Landrieu says the boil water advisory will remain in effect for at least 24 hours and until further notice for customers in the affected area.
Sewerage & Water Board engineers and public health officials will undertake testing of water samples from across the city.
The West Bank of Orleans Parish is not impacted.