NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) issued a precautionary boil water advisory for two areas in New Orleans East, including:
- The area bounded by Little Woods from I-10 to Lake Pontchartrain and Read Boulevard to Paris Road
- The area bounded by Michoud Boulevard and Lake Forest Boulevard to 1-10 and the Maxent Canal
Residents in the affected area are advised to use bottled/boiled tap water to drink, cook, clean food or brush teeth until further notice. They also advised that residents with compromised immune systems should use safe water to wash hands, shower or bathe.
SWBNO and the Louisiana Department of Health, issues boil water advisories out of an abundance of caution for areas where water pressure drops below 20 pounds per square inch (psi).
According to the report, the cause of the boil water advisory is likely due to a ruptured water main. They are still investigating and will release any details with a status update.
Healthy adults should take the following precautions:
Washing hands: Use soap and tap water, dry hands, then apply hand sanitizer; the safest option is to wash with bottled or boiled water.
Showering or bathing: Be careful not to swallow any water. Infants, young children, and disabled persons should be supervised to ensure water is not ingested. Residents with open wounds, chronic illness or weakened immune systems should use boiled or bottled water to bathe until the advisory is lifted.
SWBNO will notify residents when the boil water advisory is canceled. If you have any questions, please call 52-WATER (504.529.2837).
Please review general and LDH recommendations for managing a boil water advisory at http://ready.nola.gov/plan/boil-water/