Sewerage & Water Board warns of potential pressure loss in Lakeview

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The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans is advising residents to stock up on bottled water or fill their bathtubs ahead of work to repair a 30-inch water main in Lakeview.

"Starting tomorrow morning, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans will begin the second attempt at repairing a 30-inch water main on Marconi Drive," the utility said Monday afternoon. "During last week’s efforts, the SWBNO team found that the damage to the pipe, which is housed in a vault within the Orleans Canal levee, was more extensive and would require a larger repair."

The water board says Lakeview residents may experience lower water pressure tomorrow through Wednesday.

"The top goal is to prevent any pressure drops below the state-mandated 20 psi that would require a boil-water advisory," it said. "Crews will diligently monitor pressure throughout the repair, and plans are in place to react swiftly to keep water pressure above 30 psi as much as possible."

However, the Sewerage & Water Board says if pressure drops below 20 psi, a boil advisory will be issued.

It warns:

Because the intricate work will involve some risk to water pressure, SWBNO urges residents to prepare for a period of low to no water pressure as a precaution.
You can prepare ahead to manage a low-water pressure situation during COVID-19:
Stock up on bottled water.
Fill your bathtub with clean water to use today, before repair begins.
Continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during a boil water advisory by washing your hands often with boiled or bottled water.
Should pressure drop below 20 psi and a boil-water advisory be necessary, be prepared to boil water for at least one minute as an extra precaution to ensure your drinking water is safe to use. For more information, visit www.swbno.org/News/BoilWater.
Continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during a boil water advisory by washing your hands often with boiled or bottled water or using hand sanitizer.

Update on Marconi Water Main Repair: We will begin the second attempt at repairing a 30-inch water main on Marconi Dr. Last week we found that the damage to the pipe, which is housed in a vault within the Orleans Canal levee, was more extensive, requiring a larger repair.

— SWB New Orleans (@SWBNewOrleans) August 3, 2020