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Posted: Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:20PM

Water test results due back today

Officials hope to lift a boil water advisory for Uptown New Orleans and the Carrolton neighborhood this afternoon.

"Ten samples were collected for testing, which require a 24 hour incubation period," the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board said in a news release.  "Based on these results, DHH and S&WB officials will make a determination about lifting the advisory."

They stress that the boil advisory was precautionary.

"When making these decisions, we work with the State to balance the serious inconvenience a boil water advisory will cause for our residents and businesses with the potential threat to public health," said Marcia St. Martin, Sewerage & Water Board Executive Director. "No data showed a drop in water pressure below 15 psi, which is the standard threshold. However, some readings taken more than an hour after the initial main break were very close, as low as 16 psi. Because we could not say with absolute certainty that at some point the pressure had not dropped below the standard threshold, we took our cue from the State and took a very conservative approach. Public health is the top priority."

Officials are also urging anyone with damage from the water that filled the streets to make a claim.

"Citizens with property damage may contact the Claims Department for additional information at 504-585-2422," according to the release.

Click here for a map of the boil advisory and more information...

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