20 November 2010

ALERT ALL CLEAR: entire east bank of new orleans under boil water advisory: councilmember kristin gisleson palmer

UPDATE-3 times-picayune:Boil water order lifted across east bank of New Orleans

and .. uh ... yeah the saints won
beat seattle 34 - 19 in the superdome.
The State recommends that you disinfect your water by boiling it for one minute and letting it cool down prior to consumption (including drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, bathing or preparing food).

Boil water for one full minute in a clean container.

The one-minute boil time begins after the water has been brought to a rolling boil. (If there is a flat taste, it can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or pouring it from one container to another.)

"We're uncertain at this point if there was a compromise to the system," said Dr. Takeisha Davis, Regional Medical Director at the Louisiana Office of Public Health. "The major risk is from ingestion, and we think that this risk is very low."

Davis added, "There is little risk to taking a shower, as long as individuals close their mouths and do not ingest the water.

However, we recommend that individuals with open wounds or immune system deficiencies take special precautions and avoid showering while the precautionary boil advisory is in effect."

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.

The City's Office of Homeland Security and the State Department of Health and Hospitals are in contact with hospital, hotel, restaurant, and tourism officials to help ensure continuity of operations.

For information, citizens can log onto www.nola.gov or www.swbno.org.

Citizens can call 311 (and press zero) or 658-4000.
UPDATE: times-picayune -- boil-water advisory in effect at least until 3 p.m., sunday, [21 november 2010] landrieu says


urgent press release from new orleans city councilmember for district c kristin gisleson palmer:
Important Boil Water Advisory

Due to a drop in water pressure last night, the State Department of Health and Hospitals and the Sewerage and Water Board have released a precautionary boil water advisory for the entire east bank of the New Orleans.

Citizens are urged to boil their tap water vigorously for at least one full minute prior to using it for drinking or cooking (the minute starts when the water begins to bubble).

This includes water used for brushing teeth, making ice, washing raw foods, preparation of drinks, and water for pets.

Wait for the water to cool before using it, or store it in the refrigerator in a clean container.

You should throw away ice made during the time the advisory or notice was issued, as freezing does not kill bacteria.

This boil water advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

To sign up for future notices visit www.nolaready.info