NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for most of New Orleans.
The advisory is in effect for the East Bank of New Orleans, according to the Sewerage and Water Board.
Residents in the affected area are advised not to drink, make ice, brush teeth, bathe, shower, prepare or rinse food with tap water unless it has been properly disinfected until further notice.
At 2:55 a.m. this morning, the S&WB Carrollton Water Plant experienced a number of Entergy power surges that resulted in interruptions to the Claiborne and Panola Pumping Stations.
Because of these Entergy power surges, water pressure unexpectedly dropped to 20 pounds per square inch at the S&WB Carrollton Water Plant for a few minutes and may have dropped below 15 psi in areas throughout the East Bank water system.
Fifteen psi is the threshold established by public health officials for issuing a boil water advisory, according to the Sewerage and Water Board.
Officials took immediate action to stabilize water pressure, including taking measures to reduce its dependence on Entergy by switching to its internal power production at the S&WB Carrollton Water Plant.
By 3:20 a.m., water pressure was stabilized at the plant, the board states. This morning, S&WB officials began taking water samples across the East Bank of New Orleans.
Out of an abundance of caution, a precautionary boil water advisory has been issued for the entire East Bank of New Orleans until further notice.