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Boil Water Advisory: Lower Ninth Ward

Crawfish season might be winding down, but over at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBMO) berl season is just beginning. On Thursday (6.02), the agency issued a precautionary boil water advisory for the Lower Ninth Ward.


SWBNO spokesperson Robert Jackson warns, “Residents in the affected area are advised not to drink, make ice, brush teeth, bathe or shower, prepare or rinse food with tap water unless it has been properly disinfected until further notice.”


The problems started on Wednesday (6.01) when crews were summoned to do repairs on water lines in the area causing a pressure drop in the ward. The pressure dropped so low that it dipped below the mandatory 15psi. Now samples must be taken and tested before the H2O is cleared to drink.


The SWBNO stressed, "Care should be taken not to swallow any water."


As is often the case, those most at risk are the young, elderly, and the infirm. According to the agency, bathing can be dangerous to these groups during the alert. Jackson suggested, "A sponge bath should be considered to reduce the chance of them swallowing water."


The release concluded, “The boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice in the affected area. S&WB will notify resident when the advisory is lifted. If you have any questions, please call 52WATER (529-2837).”


The agency also offers the following handy boiling water tips.

Boil water for one full minute in a clean container. The one-minute boil time begins after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (If there is a flat taste, it can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or pouring it from one container to another.)

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