NEW ORLEANS—Mayor Landrieu, Public Health officials, and Sewerage & Water Board officials made an address to update citizens on the precautionary Boil Water Advisory issued for the East Bank of Orleans Parish. The precautionary Boil Water Advisory has been lifted as of Sunday night, when water test results were verified by the state Department of Health and Hospitals. This did not affect the West Bank.
At approximately 7:00 am on Saturday, the Sewerage and Water Board's chemists and technicians began collecting 28 water samples from sites throughout the East Bank. Analysis began at 12:00 PM of all samples. Tests are being conducted at the Board's Water Purification Laboratory. Tests will be incubated for 24 hours to determine if any harmful bacteria are present in the samples. If the tests show that the water is free of harmful bacteria and has a normal chlorine concentration, the precautionary Boil Water Advisory would then be lifted with the approval of the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH).
At approximately 10:30 pm on Friday, the Sewerage & Water Board lost 25 cycle power at its main water plant, causing low water pressure (as low as 10 pounds per square inch) throughout the East Bank of the City. The Board has restored its 25-cycle power and is also operating on commercial power. According to the Board, water pressure has approached near-normal pressure, as repairs to the electrical system at the main water plant are underway. The Mayor has ordered an after action report to determine what caused the power failure.