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New Orleans’s S&WB issues boil-water advisory for East Bank

Water usage skyrocketed over the past couple of days

After the recent cold front that brought record-breaking temperatures to New Orleans, the Sewerage and Water Board issued a precautionary boil-water advisory for the entire east bank of New Orleans. As of 2:45 p.m. today, the advisory is still in effect.

Earlier today, the Board limited the boil-water advisory to neighborhoods east of the Industrial Canal, but expanded to the entire east bank around 9 a.m. The advisory does not apply to neighborhoods on the West Bank of New Orleans.

In an official release, the Board said that frozen pipes, leaks, and a general increase in water usage ”have strained New Orleans’ water distribution system.” The Board issued the boil-water advisories when water pressure dropped below 15 pounds-per-square-inch at drainage pumping stations 3 and 5 on Thursday morning.

Around 9 a.m., officials from the Jefferson Parish Water Department also issued a boil-water advisory for the East Bank of Jefferson Parish. Department officials say that the entire restoration will take as much as three days.