NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Sewerage and Water Board , in consultation with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, lifted the precautionary boil water advisory for residents and businesses in the Lower Ninth Ward on Friday, according to a S&WB news release.
The release said bacteriological tests confirmed that water in the area is safe to drink and use.
Customers are advised to flush their internal and external plumbing by running water through their system for several minutes.
S&WB Executive Director Cedric Grant released the following statement:
"Water samples from across the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans have tested negative for contamination, so the precautionary boil water advisory has been lifted at this time. Sewerage and Water Board is committed to providing safe drinking water and this precautionary boil water advisory was issued out of an abundance of caution to ensure the public's safety. We thank the impacted residents and businesses for their patience and apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused. We also commend the fast and professional work of S&WB employees from several departments and the excellent cooperation of DHH officials during this event."
Boil water advisories are issued whenever the water pressure drops below 15 psi. This precautionary boil water advisory was issued on Thursday when water pressure levels dropped below 15 psi due to a break in a water main that serves the Lower Ninth Ward.