wtareThe Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (S&WB) has issued a boil water advisory for the Lower Ninth Ward down river of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal in New Orleans. 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.
This morning, S&WB identified a 48″ water main break at Florida Avenue and Alvar Street that caused low water pressure in areas across the city. During the repair, the pressure dropped below 15 psi (pounds per square inch).  As a result, a boil water advisory has been issued for the Lower Ninth Ward area until further notice.
S&WB and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) officials have begun testing water samples.
Customers in other areas of the city are not affected and do not need to boil their water.
The boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice for customers in the affected area. S&WB will notify resident when the advisory is lifted. If you have any questions, please call 52WATER (529-2837).
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.)