COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - A boil water advisory was issued Monday for the entire city of Covington after a water main break resulted in a significant loss of pressure.
The 12-inch water main break occurred at Jefferson Avenue and 15th Avenue.
Because of this, the city said the water supply is of "questionable microbiological quality." As a precaution, the state Department of Health and Hospitals requires the city to issue a boil advisory.
The city released the following statement:
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This BOIL ADVISORY is to remain in effect until rescinded by the city which may take a minimum of 72 hours. You 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.
Covington Mayor Mike Cooper spotted the issue early Monday afternoon just a few houses down from his front door.
"I was alerted by a neighbor that something was going on at the intersection, and when I walked to the intersection I noticed water bubbling out of the ground and immediately notified our public works department to come out," Cooper said.
Once crews arrived they had to break away a major section of road, scooping out dirt and pumping excess water from the hole to get to the pipe. But it wasn't until a public works supervisor took the plunge that they discovered the root of the problem.
"He got in the hole and reached down under the water line and detected the crack in the water line," Cooper said. "This failure that we had in the waterline is only a result of a failure of the waterline and not as a result of a contractor working in the area. It was completely undetected or unavoidable."
For restaurants, the boil advisory presents challenges.
"It is a little bit of a drag, so we take all the precautions we need to with our customers and keep getting them good food and making them happy," said Lisa Miller with Coffee Rani.
She said some menu items won't be available again until the situation is resolved.
"We probably won't be serving regular tea or sweet tea, but we have other teas that we brew in advance, like our kiwi cooler, we have brewed and set aside, so we'll just serve and do bottled water until we're told," Miller said.