Boil advisory remains in effect Sunday for large part of New Orleans

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The precautionary boil water advisory for Uptown New Orleans is still in effect as of Sunday. Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, in consultation with the Louisiana Department of Health, is testing water quality samples, which could take up to 24 hours to achieve results. For more information on the incident, visit For more information on what to do, visit

The area spans between the river, the Pontchartrain Expressway, and South Carrollton Avenue.

The @SWBNewOrleans issued a precautionary boil water advisory for Uptown, from S. Carrollton Avenue to the Pontchartrain Expressway and I-10 to the Mississippi River, due to a drop in water pressure. Boil water before consuming.

— NOLA Ready (@nolaready) October 12, 2019

The advisory was issued around 5:35 p.m. Earlier in the afternoon, a drop in water pressure was reported after a water main broke near the intersection of Lowerline and Panola streets in the Carrollton neighborhood. WWL-TV reports the main was more than a century old.

Panola Street (7400 block) right now... geyser spraying higher than the SUV next to it

— Robert Morris (@UptownMessenger) October 12, 2019

The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness issued the following guidelines for handling tap water while the advisory is in effect:

Don't consume tap water

    Use bottled or boiled water to drink, cook, brush teeth, and mix baby formula.    Wash fruits and vegetables with bottled or boiled water.    Don’t use ice from ice trays or ice makers. Make new ice with bottled or boiled water.    To be safe, give your pets bottled or boiled water

Be careful bathing
  •     If you’re a healthy adult, you can bathe or shower with tap water. Be careful not to swallow any water.
  •     Give babies and young children a sponge bath or use boiled water to bathe.
  •     If you have open wounds or a weakened immune system, use boiled water to bathe.
  •     Use hand sanitizer after washing hands.

Take care cleaning

  •     Wash countertops and tables with boiled water.
  •     Use a rinse temperature of 150° F or a sanitize cycle on your dishwasher.
  •     Wash dishes by hand as usual. Then soak in mixture of 1 gallon of water and 1 teaspoon of bleach for 1 minute.
  •     Do laundry as usual.

Boil water safely

  •     Heat water until large bubbles come from the bottom to the top of the pot.
  •     Let the water boil for at least 1 minute.
  •     Turn off the stove and let the water cool.
  •     Store the water in a clean container with a cover.
  •     Add a pinch of salt and shake to improve the taste.