COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - The City of Covington has been forced to issues a boil water advisory due to a broken water main which resulted in a significant loss of pressure. The precautionary measure is effective immediately and will remain in place until the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals deems the water safe to drink.
City officials say the huge drop in water pressure from a broken 6 inch water main means that there's the possibility of contaminated water that's being produced by the the water supply system.
The affected areas include:
S. Adams St., S. America St., S. Louisiana, S Jahncke, S. Massachusetts, S. Washington, E. 5th Ave, S. Water st., S New Hampshire, S Vermont, E. 6th, E. 4th, E. 3rd, E. 2nd, E 1st, Phyllis Dr., St. Ann, Old Landing Rd., River Bend Dr., Bennett Rd., Cypress Dr., Pine, Bogue Falaya Dr. Alma Loop, Lucie Lane, Durel Dr., Poplar, Riverview Dr., & Cypress Cove
A Boil Water Advisory is issued when an event has occurred allowing the possibility for the water distribution system to become contaminated. An advisory does not mean that the water is contaminated, but rather that it could be contaminated. Until the safety of the water is confirmed, customers should take the appropriate precautions.
This boil water advisory will remain in effect until rescinded by the city which will take a minimum of 48 hours. The city says residents will be notified when the advisory has been lifted. It is recommended that all consumers disinfect their water before consuming it (including fountain drinks), making ice, brushing teeth, or using it for food preparation or rinsing of foods by the following means:
Boil water for one (1) full minute in a clean container. The one minute starts after the water has been brought to a rolling boil.
Again, please be sure to disinfect your water prior to consumption until you have been advised otherwise. The City of Covington will rescind this Boil Advisory upon notification from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals -Office of Public Health that additional water samples collected from our water supply system have shown our water to be safe.