Uptown water main repaired, crews working to restore water supply and pressure

Uptown water main repaired, crews working to restore water supply and pressure
Uptown water main repaired, crews working to restore water supply and pressure (Source: WVUE Fox 8)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - As of tonight, the 30-inch main break at South Johnson Street has been repaired, according to Sewerage and Water Board officials.

Representatives announce they’re now working to restore water pressure and supply, however, after residents in parts of uptown lost their water others are forced to boil theirs.

The initial precautionary boil water advisory surrounding the South Johnson and Calhoun Street break was expanded earlier today to include Carrollton Avenue. Hours later, Sewerage and Water Board employees handed out water to more than 60 residents dealing with no water at all.

Sewerage and Water Board officials say a water main break near South Johnson and Calhoun required replacing a section of the old pipes.

The rupture caused street flooding Friday, in the area and a precautionary boil water advisory was put into place after water pressure dropped, but Sewerage and Water Board leaders say they had trouble closing valves to repair the break due to an undiscovered malfunction with a major valve.

If residents are still without water, the SW&B encourages you to let them know by calling 52-WATER.

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