Boil water advisory issued for Lower 9th Ward; some facilities closed

Boil water advisory issued for Lower 9th Ward; some facilities closed

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans issued a precautionary boil water advisory for the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

The boundaries for the boil water advisory are the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal, Florida Avenue, the river and the St. Bernard Parish line.

Closures due to the advisory include the Lower 9 Senior Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School Summer Camp.

Residents in the affected area are advised not to drink, make ice, or brush their teeth until further notice. Residents in the affected area that are immune comprised are advised not to wash hands, or shower or bath.

All other residents are advised to take precautions for the below Hygiene actions:

Washing hands: Use soap and tap water, dry hands then apply hand sanitizer; the safest option is to wash with safe water.

Shower or bath: Being careful not to swallow any water, one may take a shower safely. Using caution when bathing infants and young children so that no water is swallowed is considered fairly safe. A sponge bath reduces the chance of swallowing water. The time spent bathing should be minimized. Children and disabled individuals should have their bath supervised to ensure water is not ingested. Though the risk of illness is minimal, individuals who have recent surgical wounds, are immunosuppressed, or have a chronic illness may want to consider using bottled or boiled water for cleansing until the advisory is lifted. For those who want to be absolutely safe, use safe water until further notice per the Louisiana Office of Public Health – Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section.

Officials say it is a result of valve operations occurring during a repair that caused pressure to drop below the standard.

Customers in other areas of the city are not affected and do not need to boil their water.

The boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice for customers in the affected area. S&WB will notify residents and businesses when the advisory is lifted. If you have any questions, please call 52WATER (529-2837).

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