Boil water advisory lifted for New Orleans after water tests

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 21, 2017 - 10:57 am

New Orleans officials say tests from water samples across the city show there are no dangerous contaminants in the water. It comes after a pressure drop Wednesday morning led to the city issuing a boil water advisory.

That advisory is now lifted, and authorities say the water is safe to drink.

The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board is investigating to determine what caused another power turbine to fail, leading to the water pressure drop. They are also investigating why systems designed to maintain the pressure failed too.

Shortly before 11:00 a.m., New Orleans Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness issued this announcement:

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), has lifted the precautionary boil water advisory for the East bank of Orleans Parish. Bacteriological tests confirmed that water in the area is safe to drink and can be used for personal needs.

After a boil water advisory

  • Run all cold water faucets for at least 5 minutes.

Plan for a boil water advisory:

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