Water safe in all of New Orleans, but pressure still low

Residents urged to conserve to avoid another boil advisory

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
January 20, 2018 - 3:05 pm
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New Orleans officials have lifted all of the advisories to boil water, but say there could be another one if people don't limit water usage.

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

The same release, however, points out further potential problems. 

"Water pressure is still not restored to everyday levels. Residents are urged to continue to conserve water, repair pipes, and report leaks."

The water was deemed safe in the rest of New Orleans Friday night and Jefferson Parish Saturday. (Click here for more from Jefferon Parish)

The city also issued a public service announcement:

his is an important message from the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Following this week’s hard freeze, the Sewerage and Water Board is asking residents to conserve water, inspect their property, repair broken pipes, and report leaks in your neighborhood.  

If you discover a leak on your property, turn off your water and immediately contact a licensed plumber to schedule a repair. You can shut off your water by following these steps:

Locate your main water valve: Your main water valve may be found along an exterior wall of your home. 

Turn the valve handle clockwise: This will immediately stop the flow of water into your home. Use a wrench if it is difficult to turn by hand. 

Thank you for your immediate attention in helping us conserve water, fix pipes, and report leaks. 

You can report leaks in your neighborhood by calling 52-WATER or emailing [email protected]

Working together we will restore water pressure so that families and businesses can get back to enjoying life in the City we call home. 

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